The planetransgender straw poll showed the majority of trans people thought inmate Michelle Kosilek should be given SRS on the tax payers dime but the ‘state’ AKA the Governor disagrees and has ordered the ruling challenged. What would you do? Just for a second, think, if you were incarcerated and faced with what this individual is, wouldn’t you fight for your life as well?
Interestingly Governor Patrick didn’t mention the 8th Amendment in his first statement since stating his opinion the inmate should not ne given the surgery but instead seeking to diffuse criticism from the health care professionals and Transgender advocates by stating a concern for Kosilek’s safety post surgery. That reason really holds little weight. Governor Patrick stands a better chance at deflecting criticism by emphasizing his concern for Kosilek’s sister inmates safety should Kosilek get Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS).
From Governor Patrick “It’s not a reflection of a point of view about gender-identity disorder,” Patrick said, in his first comments on the appeal. “Apparently, that is a real disorder. And, indeed, Kosilek has been getting treatment for that disorder. The question is whether it should go all the way to surgery, and what the implications are for the safety of Kosilek and other inmates, in that event.”
That point is mote because Kosilek already lives in solitary for her safety.
I mean, aren’t we all fighting for our lives anyways? How many reading this could say you have never done something you were glad you weren’t caught doing? OK, so hopefully it wasn’t murder, but wouldn’t you fight in jail as hard as you do out here?