Transgender Sex Offender Wins Right to State-Sponsored Surgery: It’s Just Like Having Cancer

Posted on August 28, 2019 6:50 am
Tags:

A federal appeals court has ruled that Idaho must pay for a transgender inmate’s surgery.

31-year-old Adree Edmo is a convicted sex offender who is scheduled to be released from jail in 2021. The sex offender was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2012, identifies as a woman, and is currently housed in a men’s prison, according to CBS News.

Five other inmates in Idaho have also requested sex change surgery since the beginning of 2019, CBS reports according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

MORE: WaPo Op-Ed Claims Conservative Writer Is White Nationalist ― Turns Out He Has Biracial Family

“They certainly would treat a prisoner with cancer, they treat a prisoner with diabetes, or other chronic conditions,” Edmo’s attorney Deborah Ferguson said, CBS reports. “So, we have a medically recognized condition that’s very treatable and we have been trying to get her the treatment that she very much needs.”

Ferguson has said that Edmo is at risk of self harm if the surgery is postponed.

A court put Idaho on a deadline to pay for Edmo’s reassignment surgery by mid-June, but Idaho appealed the decision. The state’s appeal has already cost Idaho more than $35,000, according to CBS.

The court of appeals said Friday that denying Edmo the surgery is cruel and unusual punishment and a violation of the U.S. Constitution, and ruled Tuesday that Idaho must pay for the sex offender’s surgery.

MORE: Somali Immigrant Convicted of Sexual Assault of Teen Girl Says He’s Too Depressed to Be Deported

“The court’s decision is extremely disappointing,” said Idaho Gov. Brad Little in a statement, CBS reports. Little intends to appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court.

“The hardworking taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a convicted sex offender’s gender reassignment surgery when it is contrary to the medical opinions of the treating physician and multiple mental health professionals.”

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

Cover image:
Adree Edmo. (Idaho Department of Correction)

The post Transgender Sex Offender Wins Right to State-Sponsored Surgery: It’s Just Like Having Cancer appeared first on Pluralist.

Share