Wednesday, October 21, 2015

No Wonder California Is In Financial Trouble

Oct. 21, 2015 AP reports:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California prison officials have set the first standards in the nation for determining when transgender inmates should receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery - a move that came after it spent years in court fighting to block the operations.

Under the policy that took effect Tuesday, prison mental health professionals would refer inmates for the surgery.

To qualify, prisoners must be diagnosed with what is formally known as gender dysphoria; lived as a member of the preferred gender for at least 12 months; and expressed a desire for sex-reassignment surgery for at least two years....

Hayhoe said those prohibitions will help hold down the cost to taxpayers. She previously estimated the cost of full transgender procedures could approach $100,000, though the Transgender Law Center said that is exaggerated.

"I don't think it's a proper use of taxpayer money," said Kent Scheidegger, legal director at the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation that represents crime victims. "This is basically an elective procedure. I mean, you're surgically altering body parts which have nothing wrong with them because the person has a psychological issue."

When are they going to start doing species-reassignment surgery?

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