Idaho taxpayers forced to pay for convicted sex offenders gender reassignment surgery

Mar 2019
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to inmate Adree Edmo.

The panel of judges agreed with U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's ruling in Edmo's favor last December, writing that his findings were "logical and well-supported" and that "responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo's gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment."

That means Edmo could be the first transgender inmate in the nation to receive sex reassignment surgery through a court order.

Edmo is serving a 10-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy when she was 22. She is scheduled for release in 2021 and is not eligible for parole. Per Idaho Department of Correction policy, she will be transferred to a state women's prison following the surgery.

Idaho has 90 days to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. In a statement, Gov. Brad Little wrote, "We cannot divert critical public dollars away from the higher priorities of keeping the public safe and rehabilitating offenders."

"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," he wrote.

But the 85-page opinion from the 9th Circuit repeatedly rejected those opinions from Edmo's health care providers

Court Says Idaho Must Provide Gender Confirmation Surgery To Transgender Inmate

HE can pay for HIS own cosmetic surgery when he is released in 2021.
Jan 2015
Great State of Texas
Idaho’s Republican governor vowed Friday that his state would not pay for the gender reassignment surgery of a convicted sex offender after an appeals court ruled the state was responsible for providing the $20,000 to $30,000 procedure.

In its ruling, the court cited the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

Gov. Brad Little, who appealed the initial ruling in December, called the appeals court’s decision ‘extremely disappointing” and said the state would appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, Boise State Public Radio reported.

Idaho governor balks after 9th Circuit puts state on hook for convict's gender surgery

Seems to me gender reassignment surgery is cruel and unusual punishment in itself.
May 2012
By the wall
Luckily Trump is replacing many of these liberal judges on the ninth, it is already about to see a conservative majority although that doesn't really matter since there are so many judges on it and it simply depends on who gets the case. The liberal ones left on it are extremely liberal.
Sep 2016
My own world
Wait does that mean he would essentially be chemically and physically castrated? Isn't this essentially what we want done to someone that sexually attacked a 15 year boy? I can't think of a person more deserving of being chemically and physically castrated, it would be for life.