BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Corrections says a murder convict doesn’t need a sex change to treat gender-identity disorder.
A department official told a federal appeals court Thursday that prison officials have provided adequate treatment, including female hormones, laser hair removal and psychotherapy. He said only 5 percent of people with the disorder actually undergo sex-reassignment surgery and argued that it would pose security issues at the all-male prison.
Michelle Kosilek, born as Robert Kosilek, is currently serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl Kosilek in 1990.
Kosilek’s attorney argued that multiple doctors have said surgery is needed.
In January, a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2012 ruling saying that it is Kosilek’s constitutional right to obtain treatment.
The full appeals court heard arguments in the case Thursday.