California to Pay for Inmate's Sex Reassignment Surgery

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California prison officials say the state will pay for the sex reassignment surgery of an inmate, after experts determined that it's medically necessary. Doctors say inmate Shiloh Heavenly Quine suffers from gender dysphoria, which can only be treated by altering her body to match her psychological gender. Opponents say taxpayers shouldn't be paying for such surgeries. Meanwhile, prison officials and transgender advocates debate whether this decision sets a legal precedent.


Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Flor Bermudez, detention project director, Transgender Law Center

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies, Family Research Council