Sex change on the tax-payer: The plight of a murderous trans-sexual

A recent online article for the Boston Herald details the plight of a convicted murderer to receive a sex change operation at tax-payer expense.

Michelle Kosilek, a pre-op trans-sexual, murdered her wife in 1992. According to the article, Michelle, who was then known as Robert, killed her wife and then went on a spending spree, buying many items of women’s clothing and make-up for a new life as a woman.

Michelle had been very unhappy in jail and had attempted self-castration and suicide. The federal judge, Mark Wolf, stated that denying the surgery was a violation of the eighth amendment (protection against cruel and unusual punishment).

The specifics of this case should go down with the best of moral dilemma questions. Kosilek will remain behind bars, presumably a happier individual, but at the expense of the tax payer. Some tax payers in Massachusetts claim that as the surgery was cosmetic and not a medical necessity, then it should have been denied. Personally, I think a mental disorder of this kind does render the operation a medical necessity.

It will also release the burden on the prison and the guards to have to watch a suicidal and potentially self-harming individual.

I’m not sure if this is a score for trans-sexual rights, however, because I’m sure there are many law-abiding trans-sexuals who cannot afford the operation receive no assistance. Although, Mark Wolf has shown that the plight of trans-sexual prisoners will be taken seriously, and perhaps that is something.

 

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