Idaho governor appeals to Supreme Court to stop molester’s free sex-change surgery

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Idaho Department of Correction Adree Edmo

A legal battle between the state of Idaho and an inmate who wants a free, taxpayer-funded sex change may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Yahoo News reports.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said on May 7 that Idaho has appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that would require the state to pay for inmate Adree Edmo’s surgery. Not paying for it, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year, would be “cruel and unusual punishment.”  

“The taxpayers of Idaho should not have to pay for a procedure that is not medically necessary,” Little said in a statement.

Edmo’s lawyers counter that the surgery is medically necessary, saying that Edmo’s “gender dysphoria” has forced him to try to castrate himself twice in the eight years since his conviction. He was first diagnosed with the condition in prison, according to court documents. Gender dysphoria “involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify,” according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Edmo pleaded guilty in 2012 to sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy at a house party. He was 21 at the time of the crime.

Edmo has a history of suicidal tendencies and could be at risk should the surgery continue to be denied, his lawyers and some courts have said. A 2019 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that transgender individuals who received gender confirmation surgeries were less likely to suffer anxiety, depression and suicidal behavior.

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