So long as "free" health care is considered a right, there will be no end to the number of "sick" people clamoring for their fair share.
TORONTO -- Ontario is discriminating against transsexuals by refusing to pay for their sex changes, a coalition of academics and transsexuals said yesterday as they urged the province to join others whose tax dollars already cover the controversial procedure. Martine Stonehouse, who is in the final stages of her sex-change operation, said such procedures are vital to the mental health of transsexuals. The cost of the surgery is nothing compared to the mental anguish suffered by those who can't afford it, she said. The human rights of transsexuals have been violated ever since the former Conservative government cancelled public coverage of sex-change operations in 1998, said Stonehouse.It's only fair that cancer patients wait in line with people needing a set of boobs or a prosthetic penis. Move over grandpa; the pain you feel in your knees is nothing compared to the mental anguish of people like Ms./Mr. Stonehouse.
C/P: Dust my Broom
Update: Stonehouse, pictured at right and a member of CUPE's pink triangle committee, responds to a Christina Blizzard column in today's Toronto Sun which, incidentally, reminds us that reinstating government funding for sex-change operations was one of health minister George Smitherman's promises in the last election.
I realize that most people in society do not understand transsexuals in general, and when it comes down to our need for surgery they fear us.In general, no, fear is not the right word, but in Stonehouse's case...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, December 14, 2006