A transgender inmate has filed a lawsuit against the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction in Michigan City in the hopes of forcing taxpayers to pay for his gender transition.
Anthony Loveday, who is housed at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, claims the department's denial of hormone therapy amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
At issue is the department's policy that it will not provide hormone therapy for offenders who did not receive the treatment before they were incarcerated. Loveday did not receive hormone treatment before she was incarcerated more than two years ago.
Loveday, who was assigned to be male at birth but now identifies as female, is represented by the ACLU of Indiana in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
The lawsuit says she "experiences anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation as a result of her condition."
The ACLU of Indiana says in the lawsuit that the 8th Amendment prohibits the government "from remaining deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate."
A person can transition to whatever gender they please, as long as they pay for their treatments themselves. There is no reason taxpayers should be forced to foot the bill for anyone to transition, much less an incarcerated criminal.
If Loveday wanted to transition to a different gender, perhaps he should have thought about that before he went into a life of crime.
Paying for an inmate's gender transition is a slippery slope that American taxpayers simply cannot afford. Taxes are already high enough without adding gender transitions to the bills they pay.
If Loveday were to win this lawsuit, we can only imagine what the next prison inmate would demand that taxpayers fund for him or her.
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