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article imageAn inmate is demanding that health insurance pays for sex change

By KJ Mullins     Mar 8, 2009 in Health
An inmate for the criminally insane is demanding that Canada pays for a sex change. The man was found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity of the brutal rape of a woman.
This week an inmate, Shauna Taylor, appeared in court requesting an orchidectomy to surgically remove the testes.
Formerly known as Vance Egglestone before a legal name-change started hormone therapy in 2000 to transition into a female. Taylor has already undergone hormone therapy, nose surgery and permanent hair removal.
During the court proceedings three guards from Oakridge division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre were on hand to guard Taylor.
As a man the inmate was found not guilty of rape by reason of a mental disorder. Taylor went to an institution for treatment.
In 1985 Taylor was released from the mental hospital and was charged again with aggravated sexual assault and plead guilty. Taylor blames criminal behaviour of the past on gender identity disorder.
Given the dates that the hormone therapy started Taylor was in the prison system. It's a given that Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) has already been paying for those treatments. The next stage of treatment will cost $15,000. There is debate in the court about who should pay for an assessment to see if Taylor even would qualify for the operation being as she is considered criminally insane.
An assessment is required for surgical removal of sex organs under OHIP. That assessment is a rigorous testing to determine whether or not surgical intervention is necessary for Taylor's health and welfare.
Taylor believes that the surgery would further her treatment.
The Toronto Sun reports:
"I was a female trapped inside a male's body," she said. "I started acting out in ways that I thought a male was supposed to act ... my head was in a spin back then."
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