Are Prisoners Entitled to Sex Changes?

A judge has ruled that the state must pay for an inmate's gender-reassignment surgery. But are sex changes medically necessary?

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In this Jan. 15, 1993 photo, Robert Kosilek sits in Bristol County Superior Court, in New Bedford, Mass., where Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife.
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Robert Kosilek, on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife, sits in a court in New Bedford, Mass., on Jan. 15, 1993

In a first-in-the-nation ruling that is drawing both praise and denunciation, a federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered the state to pay for a convicted murderer’s sex-change operation. The state is required to pay for medical care, but the question this order raises is, How necessary is gender reassignment?

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Michelle — formerly Robert — Kosilek is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for murdering his wife in 1990. Kosilek has been diagnosed with gender-identity disorder, an officially recognized mental illness. He has received hormone treatment and is living as a woman in a men’s prison, but has attempted to kill himself because he felt so strongly that he was living as the wrong sex.

People with gender-identity disorder like Kosilek can sometimes be treated with therapy and hormones. But according to established medical standards of care, some require gender-reassignment surgery. And the law is actually starting to turn in favor of such surgery. Last year, a court struck down a Wisconsin law prohibiting sex-reassignment surgery for prisoners. In 2010, a tax court ruled that sex-reassignment surgery can be a tax-deductible medical expense under the Internal Revenue Code.

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Last week’s decision, however, goes further: it says for the first time that when a prisoner has a legitimate medical need for gender-reassignment surgery, the state must pick up the tab. There have been a handful of cases in which inmates have sued to receive this kind of surgery — but this is the first court to order it.

Not surprisingly, the ruling has produced some outrage. Scott Brown, Massachusetts’ Republican Senator, said Kosilek’s surgery would be “an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars.” A niece of Kosilek’s slain wife called on the state to appeal, telling the Boston Globe: “As far as I’m concerned, he deserves nothing. If he wants to attempt suicide … let him.” Fifty state legislators have also urged the state to appeal.

So how off-the-wall is the ruling? The judge, Mark Wolf, is no far-left Massachusetts liberal. He was appointed to the bench by President Ronald Reagan and is a former prosecutor who served in the Army Reserve for six years.

As a matter of law, the court’s decision is a straightforward application of the Supreme Court’s constitutional precedents. The Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, requires prisons to give inmates adequate medical care. When an inmate shows that he has a serious medical need — one that poses a substantial risk of serious harm if not adequately treated — the prison has a duty to address it.

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Kosilek met the legal standards that the courts have laid out. He showed that he had severe gender-identity disorder and that he suffered intense mental anguish as a result. The court found that his distress placed him at high risk of killing himself — as he had previously tried to do — if he did not receive appropriate treatment.

The court dismissed the reasons the prison gave for not providing the surgery. The prison system’s real concern, the court said, was avoiding “controversy, criticism, ridicule and scorn.” As the Supreme Court has instructed, constitutional rights must be placed beyond the “vicissitudes of political controversy.”

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Many laypeople balk at the idea that a prisoner would get this sort of surgery paid for by taxpayers when law-abiding citizens do not have access to free surgery. There is an answer to this. When society puts people in prison, it takes away their ability to hold a job to earn money and get employer-supported health care. When prisoners are put in this position, the state must meet their essential needs. The Supreme Court stated only last year that a “prison that deprives prisoners of basic sustenance, including adequate medical care, is incompatible with the concept of human dignity and has no place in civilized society.”

Last week’s ruling will not produce a flood of similar court orders. Prisons are not likely to move heavily into the business of performing gender-reassignment surgery. But in extreme cases like Kosilek’s, where a failure to provide the surgery could lead to self-mutilation or suicide, providing the procedure is what human dignity and a civilized society require.

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63 comments
TX2OH10
TX2OH10

There's a flaw in your reasoning, IMHO.  *Society* is not responsible for this person being in prison; his/her actions are what put him/her in prison.  I find it appalling that any judge would rule that taxpayers should pay for gender reassignment of anyone.  He/she is getting the medical care needed; expensive surgery like this, along with its required and necessary counseling, anti-rejection drugs, lifetime hormonal treatment and whatever else is needed should be considered excessive and unnecessary.  This person already gets health/dental/vision care, including hormone treatment.  That's ENOUGH.


What's next?  Taxpayer-paid plastic surgery because an inmate's face, breasts, thighs, arms, belly, et. al. are not "perfect" and therefore cause them mental anguish?  This surgery could start a trend that would encourage many of us to just give up doing the right things and go break the law so we can have our own free benefits.  It may not be the high life, but neither is struggling day in and day out to pay the bills by working hard and following the rules, only to have the government constantly digging into our pockets at their whims for things we can't afford for ourselves - but the government will provide for someone else.


Give me a break.

Bobby Stanworth
Bobby Stanworth

Gay self-acceptance. I would like to talk about self-acceptance and the hypocritical gay community, and I want to put a stop to all the “gay advocates” who are really bashers in disguise.

We as gay people get enough ridicule from the straight community without members of our own community adding to it. I am speaking, of course, of “gender-reassignment” surgery.

I have seen a gay-satire site known as masculivoids.com, and before I even opened the site I knew the basic thesis – this is taken directly from the site: “if you wanna believe there’s nothing detrimental to a masculine soul about finding security, fulfillment and something excitable taboo in another one, it’s your loss” . that is hatred towards gays, and that kind of flawed logic is just what “gender-reassignment” is promoting.

It is sending the “gay rights” movement back thirty years, for gays to condone this surgery. Isn’t it illegal for psychologists and any “head-doctor” to provide therapy to change a person’s sexuality? Why isn’t it illegal for “gender-reassignment” surgery, they both are wholeheartedly admitting that something is wrong with homosexuals (therapy changes the mind of a gay guy into that of a straight man, while surgery changes the body of a gay guy into that of a female who would practice straight sex). This names homosexuality as “wrong,” it is detrimental to homosexuality, and I cannot stress that enough.

I am fully prepared to sue each and every “gender-reassignment” doctor for discrimination – under the same statute that made it illegal to provide gay-to-straight talk therapy.

I am writing you so that you may join my cause. This is all under the “child protection” heading, children should not be exposed to people who want to change their sexual preference or their gender just to get away from being “gay” . Michael Bolton said “love is a wonderful thing,” but homosexuality is a wonderful thing that should not be morphed into something else for any reason.

Please forward this to others who may share the same concern. I will be awaiting your reply.

Thank you,

dylan terreri, i

Pittsburgh, pa

http://www.matthewshepard.info (in memory of matthew shepard and gay rights)

PS, both the “gender-reassigners” and the like-minded designer of http://www.masculivoids.com should be ashamed of themselves.

 

Cat Whisperer
Cat Whisperer

If the transgendered individual has already started the hormones and has lived within their gender identity, then the hormone treatments should continue, as it is a medically accepted "diagnosis".  Anything more, implants or surgeries, not until release.  Hormone treatments are not started simply on a whim and the individual requires these shots just as much as any woman going through menopause or any person needs blood pressure meds for hypertension.  Transgendered individuals truly are looking for peace within their bodies, not for a scam on others.

Seattle123
Seattle123

As someone who works very hard for the little money that they make, only to see so much of it get taken out for taxes, this quite frankly pisses me off. This asshole murdered his fucking wife and my hard earned money is going towards an unnecessary surgery for him. My feelings are that we should not have to pay for medical procedures for criminals that are not life saving. He will not die if the surgery is not perfomed.. so he's not happy in his body.. that sounds like a personal problem to me

Happy
Happy

 If she were to have a heart attack, would you refuse care? If she were to break a bone, would you refuse to have it set? If she developed diabetes, would you deny her insulin?

Then why would you deny her this surgery that is needed to save her life, which her medical doctors have said is NOT elective? GID is a genuine medical disorder, believed to be caused by the effects of hormonal imbalances in the mother during pregnancy.

I do not condone the crimes she committed, but when the state incarcerates someone, it assumes a duty of care to that person. It is their responsibility to provide for that person's physical and mental welfare. The courts are entirely correct in ordering the surgery to be permitted, and I hope it goes well for her.

Jill Kennedy
Jill Kennedy

My only beef here:  The individual has self-identified as female.  Mr Cohen SHOULD be referring to this person as SHE.  Lay out all the politicization of this issue, as done, this is good, very good.  This is what we need to think about.

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

Maybe, Norway could take him off our hands and give him what he desires !

sonic91
sonic91

that's completely irrational. I don't believe that he needs that surgery. As you've said, gender-identity is mental disorder, and not a physical one. What he deserves is a mental or psychological treatment. He doesn't need those hormone treatment, in the first place, much less the surgery. If a human is born, with a body of male biological design, but thinks that he's a woman, should you give him some estrogen or female-reproductive hormone? that's the problem with psychotherapy, they think that what's happening in the body will reflect in one's thinking. not necessarily.

Now, that they've changed his reproductive system, will the mental disorder stop? I don't believe so, because the problem is in his mind, his belief, and not with his body. Maybe, a brain-transplant might help, but never a sex-change surgery. In fact, it's terribly outrageous someone who is not on his right thinking, have been forced to change his reproductive system. He has been operated, without his consent. There was never a proper consent, because he was not on his right mind. I feel sorry for him, because when he returned to his proper mind, he'll only find that his penis, and testicles, are gone. It's just like the case of those raped women, whose fetuses have been aborted without consent, just because the doctors think that they are not capable of bearing a child.

 

What a human, suffering with his mental disorder deserves, is a psychological counseling. The problem lies in his thinking, just like a software to hardware. It's just like a logical error. What does needs to debugged is the software codes, his thinking, and not his physical body, the hardware. If he's still insisting on suicide, then take everything harmful away from him. It's not like he can stop his urge to breath. Just give him time, and counseling.  If he's going to refuse foods, then release him, or just execute him.

Justine Hankerson
Justine Hankerson

I'm all for being who you want to be, even if that is a girl when you were not born that gender. I'm liberal, I believe in human rights, do what you want to do to be happy. 

However, if I was a convicted felon and I wanted a boob job so badly because I thought I should have been born with bigger boobs, and I was threatening to kill myself I was so unhappy with how big my boobs are; that they recognized  it was an actual mental issue, using tax money for my new boob job would forever be out of the question. Denied in all courts everywhere. Everyone would think I was a scammer. 

For a person to ask for that kind of surgery to be paid for by hard working citizens, is a selfish one. Maybe we just need to give him some therapy to start thinking about other people, instead of just himself. Turn that unproductive narcissism into trying to raise money for kids suffering from gender identity who need guidance and are looking for help. 

TexaninChina
TexaninChina

If prisoners can get elective surgeries, then all US citizens should be given universal health care. I've never been arrested or broken the law, but I can't afford a dentist. Do I need to go to prison to get free dental care?

This is a ridiculous argument that the author proposes. This man is a convicted murder who deserves no special treatment. I agree with other commentors...put him in solitary if he's a danger to himself.

AW77
AW77

Are you kidding me?  I truly cannot believe this is even a topic of debate.  Gender reassignment surgery is an elective surgery, period.  It is not medically necessitated whatsoever, except for that fact that he has threatened suicide.  While it is unfortunate that he is psychologically disturbed, it is certainly not the taxpayer’s duty to fulfill his wishes.  That’s exactly what they are – wishes – not needs.  Perhaps if he would not have MURDERED his wife he would have been able to use his life’s savings to pay for whatever elective surgeries he wanted. 

It makes me sad, and honestly ashamed, that the American government is at a level where it actually entertains issues like this.  And not only that, but the state of Massachusetts actually voted that the state should pay for his gender reassignment surgery, thus setting the standard that the state has a responsibility to pay for elective surgeries for prisoners.  It just shows how deeply out of touch they are with what the value of money really is.  Apparently, taxes are inconsequential funds, that can spent (wasted) with very little thought regarding what benefit (if any) it will have for society.  There are literally millions of law abiding citizens in this country where paying taxes actually makes a meaningful difference in their income.  I know I am included.  Using this article as a barometer for the intelligence level of those who decide how our money ultimately gets spent is disgusting.

Just think what will happen by starting down this road…  What’s next, breast augmentation surgery for prisoners with low self esteem or poor body image?

AW77
AW77

Are you kidding me?  I truly cannot believe this is even a topic of debate.  Gender reassignment surgery is an elective surgery, period.  It is not medically necessitated whatsoever, except for that fact that he has threatened suicide.  While it is unfortunate that he is psychologically disturbed, it is certainly not the taxpayer’s duty to fulfill his wishes.  That’s exactly what they are – wishes – not needs.  Perhaps if he would not have MURDERED his wife he would have been able to use his life’s savings to pay for whatever elective surgeries he wanted. 

It makes me sad, and honestly ashamed, that the American government is at a level where it actually entertains issues like this.  And not only that, but the state of Massachusetts actually voted that the state should pay for his gender reassignment surgery, thus setting the standard that the state has a responsibility to pay for elective surgeries for prisoners.  It just shows how deeply out of touch they are with what the value of money really is.  Apparently, taxes are inconsequential funds, that can spent (wasted) with very little thought regarding what benefit (if any) it will have for society.  There are literally millions of law abiding citizens in this country where paying taxes actually makes a meaningful difference in their income.  I know I am included.  Using this article as a barometer for the intelligence level of those who decide how our money ultimately gets spent is disgusting.

Just think what will happen by starting down this road…  What’s next, breast augmentation surgery for prisoners with low self esteem or poor body image?

Sandra James
Sandra James

"society" does not put people in prison, therefore "society" should not have to pay. This man made a choice, to kill his wife, he should have to live with the consequences of that choice. His wife has no choices

Shimmana
Shimmana

I am blown away by the fact that a prisoner can have a sex change operation paid for, yet someone on the outside has to pay for their own. This is so incredibly unfair and just plane wrong

Galen
Galen

this person should lose rights like this for being imprisoned.     he should have to wait until he is let out, and if that is not possible, so should this change not be possible.

PreyingMantis
PreyingMantis

The state should provide the prisoner with a baby pacifier, cable tv and what ever will make him calm while they are at it. Absolutely ridiculous. Tax payers money on such trivialities, when we have kids and patients in need of heart transplants and other medical care they can't afford. Is this our interpretation of human dignity? Unbelievable.

Amazon Amer
Amazon Amer

Cohen is only following the trans party line here and hasn't done any research on this subject. The fact is that men can and do commit crimes (usually against women) to get state-supported access to hormones and treatments. The recommendations of WPATH are not medically based or supported. They're written by transgenders to promote the illusion that this is a legitimate disorder. All too often the men who claim GID after incarceration were living as men, not women, before their crimes. They may have been cross-dressing, a fetish, in their lives before prison but that's all. Another man, Peter Langan, a crossdresser associated with white supremacists and the Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh, immediately asked for treatment for his 'GID' after his conviction.

There are cases like these in other countries too. Paul Denyer in Australia killed three women and after his conviction raped vulnerable male prisoners. He now wants to be Paula.

David E. MeGarry Jr, whose sex and torture crimes against children are too numerous to cite here, is now 'Sandy Jo Battista' and also incarcerated in Massachusetts. He too will benefit from this ruling.  The worst result for women is that these men will want to be sent to women's prisons where they can find new victims while the women are required to accommodate this farce.

If Kosilek is 'at risk' for suicide they should just put him in solitary like they do other inmates who require intense supervision.

Finally it is a horrendous joke to say that Kosilek has been living as a woman in a men's prison. There's no way that his experiences in any way would mirror those of a real woman. Even the women who try to be and pass as men don't want to be in a men's prison because they know what would happen to them there.

JohnOBX
JohnOBX

In answer to your headline question:

No.

Dixie Segrin
Dixie Segrin

Lets say he does get the surgery (personally, I think it's horrible that it was even considered for this dirt bag...) and heals from it.  Does he stay in a male prison?  He's no longer a "he" so by the law, he'd go to a female prison...right? Probably not.  However... by him being physically a female, wouldn't that subject him to inhumane treatment by being housed with hundreds of men for the rest of his life?  Since the prison system created "her", they would have to accommodate the special needs that came with it.  Sounds like a fairly cleaver way to avoid incarceration to me...

Mary Waterton
Mary Waterton

Does it really matter? After all, beginning next year, Obamacare will pay for all sex change operations. States will not be required to pay for anything. We will simply add it to the national debt.

PaoloBernasconi
PaoloBernasconi

Wrong question: the issue is not  whether prisoners are entitled to "sex changes" health care, but rather if they are entitled to elective surgery services. 

Especially in this case, which is a life time convict, without possibility of parole. 

I don't think at all prisoner should be entitled to elective surgery services. 

Does he have a sex gender disorder? Too bad for him ... he should have thought about it, before killing his wife. 

Noodle Snickadoo
Noodle Snickadoo

society didn't take away his ability to work -- he did by murdering his wife (duh).  i don't have health care because of the economy, but you want to give him the taxpayers' funds for this ridiculous operation?  really?!  that causes me "intense mental anguish", and is "cruel and unusual punishment" for me, a law-abiding citizen trying to survive on a part-time job.  what do you propose to do about THAT?  how about letting the benevolent judge who handed down the ruling pay for the murderer's surgery?

Heterotic
Heterotic

If he needs it and can afford it like any other person, I do not care. Should the taxpayer be forced to pay for it, never. This judge is an i diot.

DanoM
DanoM

I don't care what the courts say. If you are guilty and thrown in jail you have no rights. This idiot is wasting taxpayers dollars that could go to really help someone. if he wants to die then give him a dull razor and let him hack away at himself. Criminals deserve nothing from society as they have been deemed not worthy to live among us as civilized people.

Brian Hill
Brian Hill

if they can pay for it sure, but not if it's my money

Distantsmoke
Distantsmoke

Absolutely he/she is entitled to a sex change operation.  As long as he/she pays for it.  As long as I'm shelling out for it, then the answer is "not on your life".  This is the ultimate in elective surgery as far as I'm concerned. 

Not only has this "person" already had far more rights than he gave his/her murdered victim, but for taxpayers to pay for a sex change operation is to make a complete mockery of "victim's rights".  Because victims have no rights.

His/ her victim didn't have a trial before being murdered.  His/ her victim doesn't have taxpayer funded medical care as well as free room and board.  I say ask the victims if a murderer's sex change operation should be tax payer funded and silence does not mean assent in this case.

Joseph Loudon
Joseph Loudon

I'm all for uniersal health care, amen.

It does strike me as absurd that in our "free" society, my mom has had to struggle to pay her medical bills -- Medicare doesn't cover it all when you're 76 -- but Charles Manson gets all the care he needs. "We" can't just let him die, but people who have nt health insurance -- yet have serious medical conditions -- are dying every day in this country because they can't get health care.

How long before we read about someone robbing a 7/11, wanting to get arrested so he or she can get cancer treatment as an inmate?

Happy
Happy

 I agree. Patients with GID should be provided with the treatment they need whether incarcerated or not. Health care should be a universal right for all - not just for the financially well off who have good jobs that provide health insurance.

Galen
Galen

 while i would like to support your `opinion, you do not show one supporting fact.    until then, its just more rhetoric and hate, and your perception.

Galen
Galen

another conservative with a small minded opinion,  without showing ONE supported fact.     after all, small minds, lie and spin, like you are doing here!     Mary you are whats wrong with america....  how did that Bush thingy go??   how did that trickle down thingy go??    after trillions in tax cuts the last 12 years to the richest and biggest corps, WHERE ARE THE JOBS??????????????????    of course with a small mind, its ALL Obama's fault, after all he started two wars and drove our economy in the ditch.    did i get that `right, or do i sound as ignorant as you !?

PaoloBernasconi
PaoloBernasconi

the judge did what the law requires him to do. Complain with the lawmakers, not with the judge, he is just doing his job.

PaoloBernasconi
PaoloBernasconi

the judge did what the law requires him to do. Complain with the lawmakers, not with the judge, he is just doing his job.

PaoloBernasconi
PaoloBernasconi

You are wrong, being in jail does not take you rights away, at least not all of them. Prisoners are still human being .. by the way, you are not entitled to discriminate against anybody, including prisoners.

That said .. yes, he should have not been given the sex change surgery ... but then again, complain with the lawmakers, not with the judge 

mmill928
mmill928

He can't pay for it, that's the problem. We took away his ability to pay for it himself when we decided that prison is to be his punishment.

Lee Gunn
Lee Gunn

maybe you'd feel differently if you were born into the wrong body.

PaoloBernasconi
PaoloBernasconi

Justice is not about the victims, is about the society. 

In any case, his health care while in prison is unrelated to the victims of his crimes.

That said, he should not be given elective surgery services. 

hmschlmom
hmschlmom

 Is food a universal right?  Clothing? Electricity?  Heat?  Internet access?  Where do these entitlements end?  And who should be footing the bill for them?

Justine Hankerson
Justine Hankerson

He took his ability away. Everyone in America knows that when you commit murder, you go to prison. If he cared so much about getting the surgery, he would have refrained from killing his wife. What was more important to him? Getting a boy part, or killing his wife? 

Belisarius85
Belisarius85

Then I guess we should just execute him. It'd be better to end his miserable life than have taxpayers pay for his surgery.

ath716
ath716

No we didn't.  He can solicit donations online.  Feel free to contribute whatever you feel is warranted. 

Distantsmoke
Distantsmoke

Lee Gunn:

No, I wouldn't feel differently.  For Millenia humans have managed to survive without sex change operations.  If this person doesn't like his body, fine, let him pay for the operation.  Where is the vaunted charity of the left for people like him?  I would think Hollywood stars would be lining up to pay for this man's surgery.  He is the poster boy for all of their liberal policies and values.

I don't like the shape of my face.  Should taxpayers be on the hook to make me more beautiful?  It's been found in studies that attractive women are more successful.  So, to increase my chance at success and being more beneficial to society at large shouldn't tax payers fund cosmetic surgery centers to make women more beautiful? 

I'm tired of people like this dirtwad being rewarded and lionized, treated as if they  are special and pretty much getting whatever they want. 

Rational_KS_man
Rational_KS_man

The body is fine, it's the mind that's warped. The best therapy would be to affirm the man's biological sex.  His gender identity is his disorder, any rational minded person would infer that the mind needs to change instead of the body.

sonic91
sonic91

 Yeah, I totally understand you. I guess I should've been born with wings. Nuts.

Futureinjeopardy
Futureinjeopardy

No one is born into the wrong body, they are born how they are supposed to be

Belisarius85
Belisarius85

The taxpayers should not have to pay for sex-change surgery for non-incarcerated citizens with GIS. Why would being incarcerated change this?

eifg
eifg

Don't kill anyone and you will be free to get the surgery to put you in the right body.

Lee Gunn
Lee Gunn

Right...cause every prisoner locked up for life has access to the internet..

Rational_KS_man
Rational_KS_man

RE: "

none of us knows how he really feels because we were not born that way, so maybe it's misguided for us to judge him for something we cannot understand?"

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/09/...

No one is born that way, despite the horde of gay activist "psychologist"  political opinions. If this was something at the neurological level, it would obviously be accompanied by a degree of other psychosis. Dissecting the brains of dead prisoners has been used to identify a biological basis for these deviations in behaviors, but neuro-plasticity and structure are   impacted by psychological trauma.  There is no gay gene, tranny gene, or pansexual gene. These are all learned behaviors, this isn't politically correct but it is the much suppressed truth. 

Lee Gunn
Lee Gunn

Maybe I did jump the gun a little, he did murder his wife (for seemingly no reason), I was just trying to make the point, none of us knows how he really feels because we were not born that way, so maybe it's misguided for us to judge him for something we cannot understand?

It seems wrong to me, that people without this mental disorder are making judgments/passing laws, regarding these afflicated individuals' rights...what do they know about it feels?  

Lee Gunn
Lee Gunn

You can't change the gender hardwired into your brain....your answer is so simple/common place, I'm sure it was the first solution when they first diagnosed gender identity disorder and it did not work (obviously), which is why it's not considered a solution nowadays

sonic91
sonic91

@facebook-38102961:disqus  not much really. It's just I'm dreaming about wings, but I wasn't born with wings. What should I do? I can't accept this reality. Maybe I should go to psycho-therapist, and ask him to give me some bird hormones pills. I could also look for a surgeon that will implant wings on me, cause that will effectively work.

Lee Gunn
Lee Gunn

I'm not sure what your getting at? If you think you should have been born with wings, why does that have to do with a surgery to change your gender?

Lee Gunn
Lee Gunn

Maybe you were. Doesn't mean Robert Kosilek was...

Belisarius85
Belisarius85

@facebook-38102961:disqus 

He's not a ward of the state. He's a prisoner convicted of murder. 

If it makes you feel any better, I also don't think prisoners should be given any medical care besides basic preventative care and the bare-minimum life-saving surgeries that might be required. 

Lee Gunn
Lee Gunn

because he's a ward of the state...because the double standard for paying taxes for something that doesn't affect you in anyway has existed forever and you simply can't pick and choose the execptions based on your prejudice...