I assume that Reiyn Keohane is serving his/her time in a men’s prison. If “she” gets her hormone treatments, won’t she be the belle of the ball in prison.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A transgender prisoner sued the Florida Department of Corrections on Monday to demand hormone treatments that she said were promised when she pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder.
The suit filed in federal court in Tallahassee says Reiyn Keohane, 22, is receiving cruel and unusual punishment because she needs the hormone treatments to avoid depression. Since being incarcerated in men’s prisons, she has tried to hang herself and attempted to castrate herself.
“This treatment is absolutely necessary to my ability to mentally function,” Keohane wrote in one grievance to prison officials. “Without it I consider self-harm and suicide every single day. It is the only thing that matters in my life in this moment.”
Keohane was arrested in September 2013, one month after beginning hormone treatments. Her decision to plead guilty to stabbing her roommate was motivated by a promise that hormone treatments would continue while she was in prison, according to the lawsuit filed on her behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union.
In addition to hormone treatments, Reiyn wants her women’s underwear back. She claims that having to wear men’s underwear is unconstitutional gender discrimination.
She also demands that she be allowed to grow her hair and style it as a woman.
The U.S. Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Is it cruel to house prisoners in Florida’s prisons, which lack air conditioning? Is it cruel to deny them TV, an Obamaphone, porn, the Internet?
My legal mind says no and it also says no to hormone treatments provided at taxpayer expense. In effect, Keohane’s argument is that if you don’t give me my hormones I’ll get so depressed I’ll kill myself.
That argument, if successful, opens Pandora’s Box. Anything any prisoner wants that would alleviate his claim of depression would have to be provided.
Hormone treatments are not a medical necessity. Neither are Keohane’s women’s panties.
The courts ought to toss this lawsuit out quickly. However, liberal judges are constantly making new interpretations of the Constitution, so who knows what will happen.
The taxpayers should not have to indulge Keohane’s fantasy that he’s female.