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Federal court OKs gender-reassignment surgery for murderer
Federal court OKs gender-reassignment surgery for murderer

A federal appeals court has ruled that a convicted murderer in Massachusetts can get a gender-reassignment surgery while in prison. In 1990, Michelle Kosilek -- who was born physically male, and who at that point still identified as Robert -- murdered her wife, Cheryl McCaul, a drug counselor at a volunteer treatment facility. Kosilek was later convicted and sentenced to life in a medium-security prison for men. She legally changed her name, began receiving hormone treatment and began identifying as a woman, and has remained in the prison. According to court records, Kosilek, now 64, has believed from birth that she was a woman "cruelly trapped in a man's body." The...

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