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CA Judge Orders State to Pay for Prisoner's Sex Change


U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar wrote in his 38-page order that the state was violating the constitutional rights of Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who was convicted of second-degree murder in April 1987, by not providing the operation.

 The judge wrote that the inmate had tried several other alternatives to the surgery but was still experiencing "excruciating pain and frustration" and hormone therapy would cause liver damage.

"Norsworthy has presented compelling evidence suggesting that prison officials deliberately ignored her continuing symptoms of gender dysphoria and the recognized standards of care," Tigar wrote. "She is seeking access to the medical treatment prescribed by her treating provider and denied for administrative, rather than medical, reasons," Tigar added.