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Update* Mass Gov may repeal Judge Wolf’s ruling. Details at the bottom of the post.
Surprisingly there are many within the trans community who are in agreement with the victims family. Not so surprising though in light of how rule conscious our community is, its the essence of our validity. They feel that Michelle Kosilek should not receive a state funded sexual reassignment surgery. Many feel that since they have absolutely no chance at becoming whole at state expense, why should a murderer, any murderer be granted SRS.
Then there are some within our community who would argue that denying Michelle Kosilek SRS would essentially confirm what corporations contend, that this surgery is elective and cosmetic. The people in this corner believe that would be counter productive to fight against Michelle Kosilek surgery as it is central to our argument that SRS is a medical necessity as we fight to get that option added to medical plans. Humanists further argue its even even more important she be granted this state funded surgery since it would allow Michelle Kosilek to be correctly housed while incarcerated.
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*Update via Washington Post:
“BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says his administration is reviewing a judge’s ruling ordering state prison officials to pay for sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate.”
“Patrick said Monday no decision has been made on whether to appeal last week’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf, who ruled the surgery was medically necessary to treat Michelle Kosilek’s “serious medical need.”
“Patrick notes the ruling went against the state, which opposed the surgery. But the Democrat also calls the judge “thoughtful and scholarly” and says the state wants to fully evaluate the opinion before deciding what to do.”
I’m unclear what Gov. Deval Patrick meant when he said the ruling ‘went against the state”. Perhaps ‘the state’ he is referring to is the vocal component of his constituency opposed to the Judges ruling?
In which case our own Zoe posting as aebrain made a very good case in her comment on the WP article writing that “The Governor has a problem.”
Correct me if I’m wrong but essentially, Zoe pointed out the Governor’s problem is one of political survival VS Constitutional law.