Get out of Jail (Gender) Free!

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California doesn’t have a Department of Corrections. It has a Department of Gender Corrections! Thanks to a new policy, the Golden State is actually rewarding people who don’t just break the state’s laws — but nature’s too. One of its many firsts, California just became the first state with a taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery program for inmates.

After a legal tug-of-war, leaders announced that the state would fork over the money to cover reproductive organ reconstructions of convicted criminals — setting a dangerous precedent that will almost certainly be pursued by radicals in other states. “California has set a model for the country,” said one transgender activist. “This is care that, for too long, people have denied simply because of who they are. It’s especially important because transgender people are incarcerated at six times the rate of the general population.”

And it could be more — once they know free surgery awaits! With a price tag of anywhere from $50,000-$100,000, there’s no shortage of outrage over these criminals’ special treatment. On one hand, California is forcing churches to fund elective abortions, and on the other, it’s forcing taxpayers to finance an expensive surgery for lawbreakers! No wonder the Left wants to control health care! It’s one powerful way to advance their radical agenda.

Meanwhile, the liberal extremists are proving exactly why health care should be left to individuals and the private sector. Left to its own devices, the market would never drive demand for something so illogical. As our own research confirms, the best thing we can do for people struggling with gender identity is to help them — not enable them. Otherwise, we’re only sentencing them to a life-term of misery.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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