Court: Idaho must give transgender inmate gender surgery

By Keith Ridler | Updated - Aug. 23, 2019 at 12:56 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 23, 2019 at 12:27 p.m.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal appeals court says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday agreed with a federal judge in Idaho that the state's denying the surgery for Adree Edmo amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill in December ruled that Edmo showed she had a serious medical need and that failure to treat her medical condition could result in significant further injury or the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain.

Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said the department was reviewing the ruling and couldn't comment.

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