Court orders Idaho to pay for inmate’s sex reassignment surgery, but gov. refuses

Court orders Idaho to pay for inmate’s sex reassignment surgery, but gov. refuses
Adree Edmo. Via Daily Wire

[Ed. – This ought to be interesting.  The governor is probably on solid ground if no doctor is certifying that the surgery is medically necessary.]

Citing constitutional protections against inflicting “cruel and unusual punishments” on criminals, a panel of three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the State of Idaho must pay for the male-to-female gender reassignment surgery of an inmate sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. In response, Republican Gov. Brad Little vowed to make sure taxpayer money is not diverted to the sex offender’s surgery, particularly because the treating physician and multiple mental health professionals maintain that it is not medically necessary. …

Edmo began serving time in a male prison in 2012. In 2017, Edmo sued the state, claiming the state’s refusal to pay for the controversial and costly surgery was “cruel and unusual punishment.” …

Edmo … is due for release in early 2021 …

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