ACLU Response to Chelsea Manning's Disclosure of Gender Dysphoria

In response to Chelsea Manning's disclosure that she is female, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and will be seeking hormone therapy as a part of her transition during her incarceration, public statements by military officials that the Army does not provide hormone therapy to treat gender dysphoria raise serious constitutional concerns. Gender dysphoria is a serious medical condition in which a person's gender identity does not correspond to his or her assigned sex at birth, and hormone therapy is part of the accepted standards of care for this condition. Without the necessary treatment, gender dysphoria can cause severe psychological distress, including anxiety and suicide. When the government holds individuals in its custody, it must provide them with medically necessary care.

The official policy of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and most state agencies is to provide medically necessary care for the treatment of gender dysphoria, and courts have consistently found that denying such care to prisoners based on blanket exclusions violates the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

The ACLU stands with Chelsea Manning, and will support Ms. Manning's pursuit of appropriate healthcare and lawful treatment while at Fort Leavenworth.

Read Ms. Manning's full statement here: http://www.today.com/news/i-am-chelsea-read-mannings-full-statement-6C10974052.

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Gauge

Manning is, quite frankly, a maggot.

General Douglas MacArthur "Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men's minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation's war guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded, and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.

"Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government: Whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by Federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be.

"These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, honor, country.

"You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the Nation's destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds.

"The long, gray line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words: Duty, honor, country."

RRoberts

The day my tax money is used to pay for a sex change operation or hormone therapy for a convicted traitor is the day I give serious thought to joining a militia.

Oh, by the way. I have decided that today I think I am a polar bear. ACLU should please reference me by my polar bear name "Grrrr."

Tomorrow, I may think I am a brussel sprout.

Thank you.
Grrrr

Anonymous

Manning courageously supported the exact freedoms and morals our soldiers fought and died for in the war against the fascists of Germany, Japan, and Italy. MacArthur was such a "patriot" that he got himself fired by the elected President of the United States because he had been intentionally interfering with the duties of his own Commander-in-Chief, even though Truman gave him many opportunities and much time to fall into line with the general's sworn military oath. MacArthur was a demagogue and insubordinate. By violating his oath, he was a liar. Manning UPHELD HIS OATH, which you perhaps should look into reading. I suspect you personally do not know what honor and duty are, as your comment and slur strongly evidences. If you have a military background and swore the oath Manning did, then you did not read it carefully or did not care to due to your own bias, and in that way you would be much like the near-traitor MacArthur.

Anonymous

ACLU - Enemy of The State.

Indeed.

Anonymous

It seems to ME to be "ACLU - Enemy of the goddam BIGOTS."

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