Wednesday, January 11, 2017

California Inmate Receives State-Funded Sex-Reassignment Surgery

                Shiloh Heavenly Quine, a 57-year-old convicted murderer serving a life sentence in California, became the first inmate in U.S. history to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner’s attorneys recently confirmed to the Associated Press. (It would have been best if she had received a state-funded name-reassignment operation).
                State prison officials agreed to pay for the surgery in August of 2015, despite the fact that Quine was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery for ransom, and has no possibility of parole. California has now become the first state to set “standards” that will allow transgender inmates to apply to receive complimentary sex-change operations.
                Inmate 1: “What are you in for?”
                Inmate 2: “State-funded sex-reassignment surgery, baby…that’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!”
                The case also prompted a federal magistrate to require California to provide transgender “female” inmates currently in men’s facilities with more female-oriented items, such as nighties, scarves and necklaces. (That seems like stereotyping to me). Quine, who was born a man and went on to marry and divorce two women while fathering two daughters, will be moved to a women’s prison after recovering from the operation, which was performed at a San Francisco hospital.
                Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center (a little TLC never hurt anybody!), which represents Quine and other transgender felons, stated: “For too long, institutions have ignored doctors and casually dismissed medically necessary and life-saving care for transgender people just because of who we are.” Hayashi added that Quine’s surgery is not only a landmark legal settlement, but a clear victory “for all transgender people who have ever been denied the medical care we need.”
                It is certainly a devastating loss for the families of those who have been victimized by transgender inmates casually dismissing the lives of their loved ones. These gender dysphoric felons kill people and then demand that taxpayers pay for sex change operations that could supposedly save their lives? The daughter of Shiloh Heavenly’s victim said she objects to inmates getting taxpayer funded surgery that isn’t even readily available to non-criminals, regardless of cost. “My dad begged for his life,” she said. “It just made me dizzy and sick. I’m helping pay for his surgery; I live in California. It’s kind of like a slap in the face.”
                That is an infinitely more restrained choice of words to describe this bizarre and evil travesty than I would’ve chosen.
                The cost of sex-reassignment surgery, including procedures and medications necessary both before and after the operation(s) is high. Advocates, however, say that most of the state’s expenses will be reimbursed by the federal government. That’s great, let’s make those taxpayers not residing in the completely dysfunctional state of California pay for its debauched, delusional practices.
                Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton says California was legally required to pay for Quine’s operation. She proclaimed, via a written statement: “The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires that prisons provide inmates with medically necessary treatment for medical and mental health conditions, including inmates diagnosed with gender dysphoria.”

                No it doesn’t.

                The Eighth Amendment actually says, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

                This bears absolutely no resemblance to Thornton’s claim. Thornton herself should be in prison for making false statements, fraud, slander, misrepresentation, mischaracterization, false advertising and felony idiocy. No one in the 18th century had ever even heard the term “gender dysphoria,” Terry. You should legally be required to step down from your position and pay for your own mental health treatment, no matter the cost…”just because of who you are.”


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