US inmate with gender-identity disorder lauds sex-change ruling
BOSTON (AP) - A convicted murderer in Massachusetts says a judge's decision to grant her request for sex-reassignment surgery is "the right thing to do."
United States (US) District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this month that the surgery is the only adequate treatment for Michelle Kosilek's gender-identity disorder, a condition he said is a "serious medical need."
The ruling marks the first time a judge has ordered prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery.
Judge Wolf's ruling prompted an outcry among some legislative leaders, who say Kosilek isn't entitled to the taxpayer-funded surgery.