Massachusetts will appeal a federal judge’s decision to grant a convicted murderer’s request for sex reassignment surgery, prison officials announced Wednesday.
The state Department of Correction said that it believes the medical care Michelle Kosilek is receiving is adequate and that the court didn’t address what it says are legitimate safety concerns of protecting her in prison.
U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this month that the surgery is the only adequate treatment for Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder, a condition Wolf said is a "serious medical need." He said denying surgery violated Kosilek’s Eighth Amendment rights. It was the first time a judge has ordered prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate. Full story here!