posted on Oct, 22 2004 @ 07:34 PM
Originally posted by websurfer
Should governmental health care plans pay for the procedure ?
Human rights board hears sex-change complaint
* There have been a few reported cases of transexuals coming off of reconstructive surgery, eventually begining to regret it, and commit suicide.
I personally despise this freedom individuals have and think the government to consider passing a law to ban such action like reconstructive surgery,
before this gets of hand.
First, what you personally dispise does not make it right for everyone. I personally dispise oppinions like yours, but I'm not rallying for a law to
make you stop posting stuff like this
People who undergo a sex change opperation or constructive surgery aren't doing it for fun, they do it
because they genuinely feel they have been assigned the wrong sex. Often, it is a genetic difference where you have a hermaphrodite or someone with
XXY chromosomes. It's not just "ahh I think I'll be a woman from now on." What people do with their bodies is up to THEM, and this isn't anything
the government's nose belongs in, or yours or mine. It's a very personal decision based on one's personal identity.
As for health care footing the bill - there may be physical reasons why someone does not feel they are the sex that their body displays. Again -
genetic and actual physical differences in the brain may play a part, and for those folks, absolutely it should be funded as many cosmetic plastic
surgeries are. (Yes, plastic surgeries are paid for often if there is a "medical" reason. Want a nose job? Deviated septum! Want lipo? the extra fat
chaffes and can get infected.)
Finally, as for transsexuals killing themselves - I doubt that it's due to a surgery like this that they chose, and as for 18 yr old kids doing it,
thats rare too, and I'm not sure I believe it. Folks in the US who want to undergo a sex change opperation often go through legnthy counselling and
therapy, many reviews by medical professionals, and often live as women or men for a long period of time before making the switch. Suicides are much
more likely to occur when someone feels their body does not match them, and experience discrimination, snickers, judgements, and hatred from people
who think they are "out of hand." Beyond suicides, murders are also frequent. I have, however, heard of many suicides from people who were given
surgeries to change their gender without their consent at birth or as a small child. Someone genetically male with testicular feminization who appears
female or with a small deformed penis, but is completely geneticallty male having their bodies altered by ashamed parents to be raised as female.
Guess what? It doesn't work, and they often always feel wrong somehow and really hit a crisis when puberty sets in. Here's where suicides from
I feel for the people who feel they need to have such an operation, and can't imagine what it would feel like to think of my own body as wrong for
me. Stop worrying so much about what someone else does with their penis