Robert Kosilek killed his wife Cheryl in 1990 and was convicted of murder. Since then, while serving a life sentence in a Massachusetts prison, he’s been living as a woman, taking hormones. Now his name is “Michelle.” But, the hormones only do so much, so “Michelle” is demanding surgery to rearrange his sex organs so that they somehow resemble those of a woman. They call this “sex reassignment” surgery. The Washington Examiner reports:
Kosilek first sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction 12 years ago. Two years later, [U.S. District Judge] Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity.
Mark Wolf is the U.S. District Judge that ruled Tuesday to require Massachusetts to pay for Kosilek’s $20,000 surgery. On what Constitutional basis you might ask? He specifically mentioned Kosilek’s 8th Amendment right to adequate health care. The 8th amendment is the Constitutional prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishments.” He stated that since Kosilek has “gender-identity disorder,” it would amount to cruel and unusual punishment to disallow the surgery, which a Boston LGBT attorney said can be a “legitimate life-saving medical treatment for transgender people.” Life-saving? Really?
“Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out on the streets. People in the prisons who have bad hearts, hips or knees have surgery to repair those things. My medical needs are no less important or more important than the person in the cell next to me.”
We’re not talking about cancer or someone having a heart attack here. And we’re not talking about someone who was actually born mixed gender, where the sex of the child is literally indeterminate at birth. (The LGBT people have completely capitalized on those few but unfortunate cases to justify their own perversion, but they are obviously not at all the same.) We’re talking about someone who was born male and who will always be male no matter how good of a surgeon he has or how good the hormone supplements are. There is absolutely no threat to his life by his being male.
Why are they so concerned about his life anyway? This guy was convicted of murdering his wife. So why is he even still alive? Arguing over whether or not he gets genital rearrangement surgery should be completely moot. If true justice had been served in the first place over 20 years ago, there wouldn’t be these frivolous discussions and lawsuits. Obviously, Massachusetts won’t use the death penalty. If that’s the case, then they should at least imprison convicted murderers as cheaply as possible and not give in to their whims and fancies.
The sick irony here is that Cheryl’s family is now paying not only to take care of Cheryl’s killer’s everyday needs but also to accommodate his deep and dark desires, his “journey” and “discovery” of his “true identity” as a woman. They’re paying Massachusetts to sympathize with Kosilek’s “feeling like a woman trapped in a man’s body.” But what about the victim? What does she think? Nothing now, because she’s dead. They punish the victim and give the murderer the life he’s always dreamed of. Now that’s justice, Massachusetts style.