Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kanavas Statement: Court Ruling Allows Taxpayer Funded Sex Changes for Inmates

In case you missed this story here my press release and a link to JS Online:

Press Release:

(Madison, WI)…State Senator Ted Kanavas made the following statement in response to the U.S. District Court ruling that will allow inmates in state prisons to receive hormonal therapy and opens the door for taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery.

“The ruling is absurd,” said Senator Kanavas. “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for hormonal therapy or sex changes for prisoners. This is another prime example of a liberal judge, far removed from the mainstream, overturning the will of the people.”

In 2005 Senator Kanavas co-authored the Sex Change Prevention Act to prohibit tax dollars from being used by state prison inmates for hormonal therapy or sexual reassignment surgery. The bill passed the State Senate unanimously and passed the State Assembly by an overwhelming 82-15 margin. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Charles N. Clevert Jr., ruled the law unconstitutional on the ground that the denial of hormone therapy was cruel and unusual punishment.

“The Wisconsin taxpayer deserves better then this. Hopefully the Appeals Court corrects the ruling and helps restore some confidence in our legal system,” Kanavas concluded.

To learn more about Senator Kanavas and his work in Madison on behalf of the 33rd District, please visit his website at


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