U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Tries to Force Idaho to Pay For Transgender Prisoners Sex Change Surgery

The governor of Idaho was not happy after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state must provide a prisoner with transgender surgery who was convicted of a sex crime against a minor.

Edmo was convicted in 2012 for sexually abusing a child younger than 16. The convict is not eligible to be released until 2021.

The court ruled that refusing the surgery to prisoner Adree Edmo, 31, was “cruel and unusual punishment,” and is prohibited in the Constitution.

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“This is a complete win for Ms. Edmo,” said the prisoner’s attorney, Lori Rifkin, according to News 4.

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“Our client is immensely relieved and grateful that the court recognized her basic right to medical treatment,” Rifkin added.

But Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little slammed the decision.

“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,” the governor said.

“I intend to appeal this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Gov. Little added. “We cannot divert critical public dollars away from the higher priorities of keeping the public safe and rehabilitating offenders.

But the sex abuser claims that he suffers “gender dysphoria” and needs the surgery for his mental health.

“Prison officials don’t get to pick how and who they treat based on their own biases and prejudices,” the criminal’s attorney said.

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