An order by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Idaho must provide gender confirmation to a transgender inmate.
According to My Fox 8 News, Adree Edmo will be the first transgender inmate in the country to receive the surgery based on a court order. However, Governor Brad Little said in a statement that the state is planning to take the case to the Supreme Court of the United States.
“The court’s decision is extremely disappointing. The hardworking taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a convicted sex offenders gender reassignment surgery when it is contrary to the medical opinions of the treating physician and multiple mental health professionals. I intend to appeal this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Months before the ruling, the federal appeals court ruled Idaho Department of Corrections cannot provide the surgery but attorney Deborah Ferguson argued Edmo was diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
“We provided the court with some very, very high-quality expert testimony about the care treatment necessary for her gender dysphoria which is severe, and the medically necessary treatment is gender confirmation surgery,”
Currently, Edmo is serving a sentence of three to ten years at a men’s prison in Boise. She was convicted of sexually abusing a minor under the age of 18.
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