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Friday, August 25, 2006

Our Crumbling Civilization: Sex Change Edition

Here's the latest on the wild fronteir of maddening government expenditures and the collapse of sexual morality:

Thousands of taxpayer dollars are annually spent on hormone treatments, laser hair removal and makeup for "transgender" prison inmates and now one convicted murderer is suing the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to pay for an expensive sex-change surgery, claiming that he is a woman trapped in a man's body.

The surgery is estimated to cost between $10,000 and $20,000 and the inmate, convicted in 1993 of murdering his wife, claims that his gender-identity disorder is a serious illness that can lead to severe anxiety, depression, suicide attempts and self-castration. ...

The murderer, Robert Kosilek [pictured], already receives costly female hormone treatments, laser hair removal, makeup and female undergarments in prison. (source)
Let me just start by saying that self-castration sounds like a perfectly fine and much more appropriate solution to Kosilek's problem than having us pay for his surgery.

And no, this isn't just happening in Massachusetts. I understand that it is federal policy to pay for the completion of federal prisoners' sex change operations if the inmate is part-way through the procedure prior to incarceration. And "part-way through" can mean as little as starting to take the hormones that precede surgery.

In some states, transgenered prisoners get their own jails, at your expense, because they are determined to be neither male nor female.

The financial aspects of this story steam me enough, but the moral side of the story is worse, and much deeper. It is a story of prisoner-coddling, of a government endorsement of the legitimacy of a behavior that troubles most of society deeply, of rewarding bad behavior, of not being able to find a spine and say no.

Wisconsin is the only state in the union that says no to paying for inmates' transgender operations. Where are the other 49?

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