A Wisconsin agency is being asked to reconsider a decision that's not going over well with the public.
In light of lawsuits from two transgender activists, the state's Group Insurance Board reversed itself and decided late last year to allow transgenders to use Medicaid to pay for gender mutilation surgery – a decision that took effect January 1. Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, says it's a wrong decision because the procedures are not medically necessary – by anyone's standard.
"You cannot change your sex," she states emphatically. "You cannot fundamentally alter an XX or XY chromosome arrangement. Doing these surgeries is an attempt to deal physiologically with a psychological or ideological problem."
It's a mental disorder called "gender dysphoria," meaning professional counseling is needed to align a person's psychological makeup with their born gender. For years, experts on the subject have been very clear about it. As Appling explains, mutilation surgery isn't the solution.
"Doing these irreversible surgeries that really do mutilate the reproductive organs is not taking care of the problem," she offers. "And the mental and psychological issues that the folks who are struggling with this problem are going through are not helped because they've had these surgeries."
The family advocate urges Wisconsin residents to apply grassroots pressure on the Group Insurance Board to change the policy. At the same time, Wisconsin Family Council is considering options to get the board to reconsider its decision.