Letter to the Editor

What’s covered?

TempletonSeptember 2, 2013 

Let me see if I’ve got this right. Chelsea (formerly known as Bradley) Manning, who was court-martialed for leaking government papers, is “requesting hormone therapy” throughout her prison incarceration. Her label: transgender.

Let me see if I’ve got this right. I, a woman who is part of the only gender capable of giving birth to offspring, am unable to do just that and my husband and I are forced to foot the $30,000 bill ourselves (since insurance companies do not cover advanced reproductive technologies) in my quest to become pregnant (which never happened).

My label: infertile.

Let me see if I’ve got this right. “Treatment for people with severe gender dysphoria is medically necessary” (according to Dr. Sherman Leis) because “inmates with gender identity-related health problems require the most appropriate treatment” (Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality).

However, treatment for people with severe infertility is not medically necessary. (Because adoption magically cures what it means to be infertile, right?)

We all have the power to make fulfilling choices whether or not others believe in their validity.

Taxpayers won’t be the ones to let Chelsea down.

Bradley already did that.

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