Convicted terrorist Cristina Iglesias, a biological male who identifies as transgender, will receive sex change surgery with taxpayers picking up the tab. Iglesias is recorded as a "female inmate."
The Washington Free Beacon reports that 47 year old Cristina Iglesias, born Kenneth R. West, will become the first federal transgender inmate to have the taxpayers pay for their "sex reassignment" surgery.
Estimates range for the procedures, but the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery provides a menu from which someone can pick and choose their surgery cocktail. A male to female operation starts around the $25,000 range but can cost as much as $100,000.
In 2015, Iglesias asked to be transferred to a women's prison and began hormone treatment. The Bureau of Prisons insisted that 12 months of treatment were necessary to prevent the inmate from being able to achieve an erection. This in hopes of stifling the string of rapes in women's prisons by men who identify as transgender.
Iglesias' requested an escalation from chemical castration to genital reconstruction surgery, but it was denied.
Then Iglesias sued in 2019 writing "being denied the gender-affirming care I need has had a huge impact on me, because I’m unable to complete myself. Not having a body that matches who I know myself to be affects me every moment of every day. It is very difficult and hard to keep hope."
The ACLU said that refusing to provide sex-change surgery was a violation of the Eighth Amendment banning cruel and unusual punishment.
Their lawsuit declared "to Ms. Iglesias, her genitalia feel like an abnormal and life-threatening growth on her body, like a malignant tumor from cancer that needs to be removed."
Judge Rosenstengel agreed and wrote that "Iglesias suffers daily and is at risk of self-mutilation and suicide."
Iglesias was convicted in 1994 for sending death threats to federal judges and again in 1997 for sending similar threats. On the eve of being released from prison in 2002 Iglesias mailed fake anthrax to the British Commonwealth and Foreign Office writing "I hope to see to it you people die a slow and painful death!!! This anthrax is very lethal and deadly!!!!" Iglesias pleaded guilty in 2005 and has been in prison since.
Iglesias is set to be released on Christmas Day of this year but has been guaranteed the operation with the help of lawyers, the ACLU and the recent ruling by US District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel.
It's unclear if taxpayers will be on the hook for the $10,000 per year upkeep treatment required to sustain sex change operations
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