Transgender inmate's attorneys oppose delay in surgery

AP News
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 2:16 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys for a transgender prison inmate are asking a federal judge to stand by his order that California officials must immediately provide the inmate with sex reassignment surgery.

In arguments filed late Wednesday, the lawyers say the surgery is urgent and critical to her health.

The filing opposes any delay while the state appeals the decision issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of San Francisco.

Corrections department officials declined comment.

Tigar ruled that the surgery is medically necessary for 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, whose birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.

It is just the second time that a judge in the county has directed a state prison system to provide the surgery. The previous order in a Massachusetts case was overturned and is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.