Inmate Gets Approval for Sex-Change Surgery

Federal judge rules in favor of convicted murderer, Michelle Kosilek.
3:00 | 09/05/12

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Some say Michelle co select lives into prisons literally serving time for killing her wife. And figuratively trapped as a woman in a man's body. Today US district judge mark wolf granted her the right to have taxpayer funded sex reassignment surgery. It's an important decision that's consistent with all of the recent court decisions that we've. Cotton which recognized the seriousness of the underlying medical condition and also recognizes that its. Unconstitutional. To deny medical care including to inmates. Prison officials repeatedly cited security risks in this case and today say quote we are reviewing the decision and we are exploring our appellate options his basic finding. Is the department of correction was really just worried about being scrutinized being ridiculed. And being. The subject to criticism in in the public. And he said those reasons. Are not even close to the the interest from the other side this is believed to be the first time a federal judge has ruled in favor providing the surgery to a transgender inmate. Today Catholics attorney says quote. We anticipate the department of corrections will follow judge wolf's order and promptly arrange for Michelle -- elect to receive medical tree.

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