Idaho court rules state must pay for transgender inmate’s sex change surgery

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BOISE, Idaho (WTVO) — On Friday, an Idaho court ruled in favor of a sex offender inmate who wants gender reassignment surgery, making the state the first in the country to provide the surgery through a court order.

According to Boise State Public Radio, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state must provide the sex change surgery to inmate Adree Edmo.

A Federal District Judge ruled in Edmo’s favor in December, saying “responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo’s gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.”

Idaho Governor Brad Little said taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for a procedure that isn’t covered by personal insurance plans, and the state filed an appeal.

According to court documents, Edmo has been living as a woman for several years but has been held in a men’s prison, where she is serving time for sexual abuse of a child.

The Governor’s Office issued the following statement: “The court’s decision is extremely disappointing. 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. I intend to appeal this decision to the U.S Supreme Court. We cannot divert critical public dollars away from the higher priorities of keeping the public safe and rehabilitating offenders.”

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