Elizabeth Warren Opposes Sex Reassignment Surgery for Transgendered Inmate

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Transgendered woman Michelle Kosilek, who was imprisoned for the murder of her wife as Robert Kosilek in 1990, was granted a sex-change operation by a US district court judge three days ago. In the 126-page ruling, Judge Mark Wolf "there is no less intrusive means to correct the prolonged violation of Kosilek's Eighth Amendment right to adequate medical care.'"

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Aside from the metric crap-load of precedent-setting decisions this will force the state and the prison system to deal with (where to house the post-op Kosilek in order to keep her from being assaulted by male inmates, the possible ramifications of placing her in a female prison facility, and so on), the $20,000 operation is on the state's dime. In an interview with WTKK-FM, Democratic Senate candidate and infamously maybe-Native American Elizabeth Warren admitted: "I have to say, I don't think it's a good use of taxpayer dollars."

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Warren shares her view with her opposing Senate candidate, Republican Scott Brown, who goes so far as to call it "an outrageous abuse" of state funds and hopes for the ruling to be overturned.

'Elizabeth Warren disagrees with judge's sex-change ruling' [Boston Globe]

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Every last one of the trans people I know successfully live as the gender they associate themselves with, without having had reassignment surgery. Do some of them want the surgery? YES. Some of them are saving up for it, some are crossing their fingers that insurance will someday offer assistance, but none of them are slowly dying of Oh No I Have A Dick. Also, none of them have killed their wives. It sucks that Kosilek has the wrong genitalia, but it isn't going to kill her. If my non-murderous friends have to tuck and roll and go out and be every bit the awesome women that they are, then Michelle Kosilek can do it behind bars.

ETA: It sounds like this woman has some severe issues with accepting the sex organs she was born with, which I understand can cause one much mental anguish and the desire to self-mutilate and/or become suicidal. It's also pretty obvious that she would be abused by fellow inmates—-regardless of whether she was in a men or women's prison. If that's the case, would it not be more responsible and humane to transfer her to a more secure facility, one that is better equipped to handle mental health issues? Of course one might argue that it would be more effective and simpler just to offer her the reassignment surgery, but it's upsetting to me that there are countless transpeople out there who have to go without, because the world at large does not understand the necessity of it. And I guess if someone with this much media attention underwent reassignment and furthered the case that it IS medically necessary, then that's a good thing for all in the long run. And so now I'm just arguing with myself, and saving you all the trouble.