Tax dollars wasted. A jailed murderer. A federal lawsuit. Another federal lawsuit. A flip-flopping judge. A sex change operation? No, not a trashy television movie. Not a serial or soap opera. Not an outrageous crime drama. Not even A Jerry Springer episode.
As reported by the Associated Press via Bobby Eberle of GOPUSA.com, Robert Kosilek was convicted in 1990 of murdering his wife in Massachusetts. But in 2000 he decided he suffered from "gender-identity disorder" and sued the Massachusetts Department of Corrections for "treatment" (i.e., a sex change operation). Two years later U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment, but refused to order an operation. But Kosilek had been taking hormone injections and lives as a woman in an all-male prison. He sued again in 2005, arguing that the operation was a "medical necessity." This time, Judge Wolf agreed. From the AP:
In his ruling Tuesday, Wolf found that surgery is the "only adequate treatment" for Kosilek's "serious medical need."
"The court finds that there is no less intrusive means to correct the prolonged violation of Kosilek's Eighth Amendment right to adequate medical care," Wolf wrote in his 126-page ruling.
According to the Boston Globe, Judge Wolf wrote in his opinion:
This fact that sex reassignment surgery is for some people medically necessary has recently become more widely recognized.
As Eberle points out, Judge Wolf hasn't made a legal decision, he's indulged a murderer. Kosilek may be sick and need and need medical attention, but not the type Judge Wolf has ordered. We, unfortunately, have become accustomed to judges finding "rights" that are not enumerated in the constitution. But a sex change? In the Bill of Rights? Taxpayer funded? Please tell me where the words "sex" or "reassignment" or "surgery" are anywhere in the constitution.
But is this shocking to anyone? While it should be, it isn't a surprise to me. In an age when, according to the Left, anything passes as "medical" and "necessity" and as a "right" (abortion on demand, contraception), and that it all should be "free" (Obamacare), and therefore taxpayers must foot the bill, there is no need to ask where to draw the line. It's already been drawn . . . and the picture isn't pretty.