BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a Massachusetts transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder.
Michelle Kosilek was born male but has received hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Kosilek was named Robert when convicted of killing his wife in 1990.
Kosilek sued the state Department of Correction after prison officials refused to grant her request for sex reassignment surgery. A federal judge ruled in 2012 the surgery is the “only adequate treatment” for Kosilek’s gender identity disorder.
Prison officials appealed the ruling to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled Friday the 64-year-old Kosilek is entitled to the surgery.
Prison officials argued there are legitimate safety concerns over protecting her in prison if she has the surgery.
@kellibusey Boo that dude killed his own wife sentenced jailed raped then suddenly he states he's a girl. ...bullshit!
— Shelley Jo V Shuford (@sj_shuford) May 2, 2014
@kellibusey If put to a vote by the people this dude would remain with his pecker he killed his wife and should be sold off raped and more!— Shelley Jo V Shuford (@sj_shuford) May 3, 2014
I know some will disagree with me but if that were you in prison how would you feel if you were denied medical care simply because someone felt you weren't entitled to it?