Gov. Little appeals transgender inmate’s sex-reassignment surgery ruling to Supreme Court

Adree Edmo

BOISE, Idaho — Governor Brad Little announced Thursday that the state of Idaho has appealed the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling regarding sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate to the Supreme Court.

In August, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state needed to provide inmate Adree Edmo with sex-reassignment surgery.

“At my direction, the State of Idaho has filed the necessary petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal the Ninth Circuit’s ruling requiring Idaho to pay for an inmate’s sex-reassignment surgery. The Ninth Circuit’s decision goes against the text and original meaning of the Eighth Amendment and contradicts more than four decades of Supreme Court precedent. We will vigorously litigate the Ninth Circuit’s unprecedented ruling at the Supreme Court because the taxpayers of Idaho should not have to pay for a procedure that is not medically necessary,” Little said in a release.

Back in December of 2018, a federal district judge overruled the treating physician’s assertion that Edmo’s sex-reassignment surgery was not medically necessary.

The state appealed to the Ninth Circuit, where the lower court’s ruling was affirmed.

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