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Wisconsin Duo Sues Govt, Demand Free Sex Change Operations #Wisconsin #mentalillness

Two Wisconsin residents who suffer from gender dysphoria have filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS) after learning that its Medicaid program does not cover sex change-related operations.

Both of the plaintiffs, who go by the names Cody Flack (a woman who identifies as a man) and Sara Ann Makenzie (a man who identifies as a woman), sought coverage for chest reconstruction surgery. Mackenzie desired coverage for breast augmentation, and Flack sought coverage for a double mastectomy.

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The lawsuit, while noting that gender dysphoria is “a serious medical condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association,” refers to Flack as being a man and Makenzie as being a woman, the Washington Examiner reports.

“Despite his efforts to present as the man he is, he considers the breasts an undesirable visible marker of something he is not—female—that subjects him to mistreatment, social stigma, and related symptoms of gender dysphoria and emotional distress,” the legal complaint states of Flack. “At various points in his life, … Flack has felt helpless and has had thoughts of suicide and self-harm because of the presence of his breasts.”

“Although her hormone treatments resulted in some breast growth, those treatments alone provided inadequate for the development of female-appearing breasts. As a result, … Makenzie has been perceived by others to be a man and has consequently experienced mistreatment and harassment,” it says of Makenzie.

“In 2017, in consultation with her medical providers, … Makenzie sought to obtain chest reconstruction surgery in the form of breast augmentation to outwardly appear as the woman she is and to treat her gender dysphoria.”

However, they were both told that Medicaid does not cover their desired operations. Upon belief, “transsexual surgeries” were among six services and procedures listed in a bulletin in the 1990’s that were determined to be medically unnecessary.

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Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

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Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 25th, 2018

 

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