A Massachusetts judge recently ordered that a man imprisoned for killing his wife in 1990 be provided by the state with the expenses necessary to undergo a sex change operation. The decision was based on the man’s supposed “serious medical need” to undergo this procedure in order to prevent suicidal tendencies. For the past 20 years, Michelle Lynne Kosilek, formerly Robert Kosilek, has suffered from gender identity disorder, believing himself to be a woman trapped in a man’s body.
I don’t dispute that Kosilek may be suffering from a real medical condition which may, in fact, place his own life in danger. What I do take issue with is the idea that it is the state’s responsibility to provide this person, who strangled his own wife to death, with a costly, medically unnecessary procedure in order to reduce his suicidal tendencies. It is neither cruel nor unusual to refuse to place taxpayer dollars in the service of a deranged lunatic, and to act as though it is represents an unnecessary case of judicial overreach. It’s very possible that this case may develop into a wrongful death lawsuit.