The Real War on Women – Rewarded for Killing His Wife

This isn’t the first time that I’ve been outraged to read about what convicts who commit the most heinous crimes are provided in prison.  And, I’m sure it won’t be the last.  Robert Kosilek’s story is just the latest outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money.  I’m hoping all those at the DNC last week screaming about the so-called “war on women” come out against this despicable human being who killed his wife and is now being rewarded for doing so.

Robert Kosilek killed his wife and has been in prison since 1990 serving a life sentence.  He filed two lawsuits demanding he be given, at the taxpayers’ expense, a sex change operation to treat his gender dysmorphia.  Recently, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Kosilek was entitled to a sex change operation because it was considered a “serious medical need.”

Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t see this as a ”serious medical need.”  In my mind, “serious medical need” is something that saves you from dying.  This isn’t a life or death situation.

I read he “tried” to commit suicide while in prison and “tried” to castrate himself.  What does that mean, “he tried.”  Doesn’t sound that difficult.  What was he using?  A Play-Doh knife?  Maybe he tried to commit suicide because he felt guilty for killing his wife.  Did anyone think of that?

Kosilek’s case has become the cause célèbre for the transgender community and I can only imagine what kind of slippery slope we’re now on.  Kristina Wertz, director of policy and programs at the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, said upon hearing the Judge’s decision, “It’s great to see a judge recognize that transition-related health care is medically necessary health care and that

transgender prisoners are entitled to the same health care that other folks who are incarcerated receive.”

I personally know transgendered people and, although they suffered emotionally during their lives before their surgery, it was never life-threatening like the need for a new kidney or the removal of a malignant tumor.  Because insurance companies don’t pay for this very expensive surgery, the people I know have actually saved up their own money to pay for their own treatment themselves.  What a novel idea.

So, once again, you have a convicted murderer getting benefits he wouldn’t receive had he been a law-abiding citizen.  Not only did Kosilek commit the ultimate crime – taking another person’s life – but in so doing, committed a crime against society as a whole.  And, now, he reaps benefits far beyond what would’ve been available to him had he not done so.

It isn’t enough that we, the taxpayers, have to pay for prisoners’ food, clothing and shelter, cable and satellite television, computer access, fitness equipment, electricity, water, gas, psychiatric and health care – all things that we as law-abiding citizens have to pay for ourselves – but we now have to pay for elective surgical procedures.  What’s next – botox injections, face lifts, boob jobs, tummy tucks?  Will we have to start paying for inmates’ Viagra?

This is a man who has done absolutely nothing positive for society and is now being rewarded.  If he’s transferred to a woman’s prison, will anyone female inmate be safe around this guy?  Yet, Ms. Wertz thinks this is great.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Standup

    The solution to this problem sould have been CAPITAL PUNISHMENT for the MURDERER…years ago.

  • Thomas_More

    This is an example of the overall cultural collapse and the degeneration of normal behavioral standards. This is preposterous. As a mental health professional the consideration that this a “medical necessity” is ludicrous. Interesting how when it is convenient for an aberration  to be diagnosed (to pay for surgery) it is justifiable by “progressives” but we dare not diagnose other “aberrant” behaviors whose lobbyists can pressure congress to repeal legislation such as DADT.

  • Wheels55

    War on Women – HA!
    Dennis Miller made a great observation. We are not supposed to say “War on terror” any more but it is OK to say “War on women”? The former is a real war and the later is totally made up.

  • Patrick

    If this murderer wants to become a woman, let him pay for it himself. It’s outrageous that tax-payers have to pay for such a thing for a murderous inmate who killed his wife. I figure if you can’t get it for free (as in having the taxpayers foot the bill) as a  law-abiding tax-payer, you certainly shouldn’t get it as a prison inmate.

  • Roger Ward

    Everyone should re-read the first paragraph of Leona’s article.   What I see is that she is (1) opposed to murderers and (2) to providing taxpayer-paid, expensive medical procedures to them when ordinary Americans need to pay for such work themselves.

    I have no problem with gender surgery, provided the taxpayer is not forking out the money.  Like Leona, I definitely do have a problem with murderers receiving free, specialized medical care which is not available to the average taxpayer unless he pays for it himself.

  • Wheels55

    Is it possible that Obamacare will require free sex changes? Pelosi is still reading this legislative gem – stay tuned.

  • Chief98110

    This is just another example of an idiot federal judge making a stupid
    decision. Wait till “it” has the operation and changes “its” mind about
    the outcome. Will the judge order that the reversal is a medical
    necessity? Guaranteed!

  • Autumn Denver

    Thankfully the constitution’s prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment require the government to provide medically necessary care. Medically necessary does not mean it must be life threatening, after all, we provide dental care to inmates and that’s not life threatening. Your insistance that such treatment is ignorant at best (the AMA, the APA and the prisons own doctor all unequivocally state it is medically necessary) and blatantly transphobic at best. Your final comment asking if “any woman would be safe around this GUY” belies your real agenda. It’s a real shame they let people like you join the bar, it reflects poorly on the legal profession.

    • PattyM

       Thumbs up!

      It seems that the less people know the stronger their opinions are.   If Leona and most of the commentators knew what they were talking about some would understand.

      • CCNV

        I KNOW what I’m talking about. I have a cousin who went through this ‘sex change’ only to realize (s)he was GAY…not really wanting to be a woman after all. (S)he went through 4 years of psychology and medications before having the surgery. (S)he’s tried to commit suicide several times. S(he)’s no longer able to identify with EITHER sex. Sometimes it’s best not to mess with Mother Nature. By the way, do YOU have personal experience with someone who has had gender reassignment?? If not, up yours.

        • Autumn Denver

          Wow, if it happens to one person it must be true for everyone! But to answer your question, yes I do.

          • CCNV

            Didn’t say it was true for everyone. Glad it’s working out for you but there are exceptions. My point is sometimes things just don’t work out as planned.

          • Autumn Denver

            So by your logic we shouldn’t provide cancer treatment either because sometimes it doesn’t work out as planned. And the only problems I’ve had transitioning is due to self righteous people like you who completely lack empathy for the struggles other people endure.

        • PattyJM

           “Up yours”?  Wouldn’t you like to keep the conversation on a more  adult level?

          As to my knowledge of transsexualism, please read my reply to Ron F above.

          As to your cousin, there are quite a few hoops that a TS must jump through.  Therapy, hormone treatment, and living in the new gender for a year.   These are in place to ensure that people like your cousin do not make an irreversible  mistake.  Unfortunately a few do manage to slip through anyway. 

          Its a sad story you tell but fortunately it is a rare one.  Of the many trans people I’ve known only one has had the sort of experience you report.  This was one of those people who blame everything that happens to them on someone else.  Its never their fault but the world being out to get them.  I’ve read that 98% or so trans people are happier in their new gender than before.

          Seriously, I have reservations about this whole Kosilek issue.  As a TS I am glad to see a federal court recognize reassignment as medically necessary.  On the other hand this is a convicted criminal.

          Mother Nature doesn’t always get it right.

          • Ron F

            Patty M, I am glad that 98% or so of trans people are happier with their new gender.  My primary concern is whether the State should pay for sex reassignment surgery for a convicted murderer surving a life sentence.  I will try to find the time to read the opinion.  I am not familiar enough with the law to know if there is a sound legal basis for the decision.

          • CCNV

             Patty, thank you for your response. I guess what I was trying to say is what you stated – that occasionally someone will slip through the cracks. I hope my cousin seeks counseling and finds a way to cope. On a happier note, I am glad that things worked out for you and that you continue to be happy in your new life.

      • Ron F.

        Since you and Autumn Denver have strong opinions, does “the less people know the stronger their opinions are” apply to the two of you as well?

        • PattyM

           Of course I cannot speak for Autumn but as to myself I made the transsexual change in 1985 with the defining surgery in December 1987.  I’ve lived and worked as a woman for most of the time between then and now.  Along the way I have known several hundred trans people who were transitioning (both Male to Female, Female to Male), spouses, and therapists.   Also many of those who have transitioned and are living stealth, as ordinary members of society.  I do not know a lot about jurisprudence but transsexualism is something do understand

          The comment you quote probably could have been expressed differently.  No one has ever called me tactful.   Reading Leona’s piece and the comments was a frustrating experience and I vented.  That statement remains my true opinion though.

          I will comment on a couple of the more egregious examples of people expressing with great vehemence opinions on things that they know little. down the page. Its midnight and I have an early appointment tomorrow so pointing out the flaws in the strongly worded objections will have to wait until sometime tomorrow.

          • Ron F

            Patty M, I agree that most of us have little knowledge about transgenders and sex reassignment surgery and what it must be like for transgenders prior to the surgery.  On the other hand, I think all taxpayers have an interest in and should be able to comment on whether the surgery should be paid for by the State for a transgender inmate surving a life sentence for murdering his wife.  Again, I have not read the opinion so I do not know the legal basis for Judge Wolf’s decision.

    • Ron F

      I believe the standard the judge applied is “serious medical need” which I presume is the legal standard.  The fact that we provide dental care to inmates does not mean that we provide all elective surgery.  In addition, I believe the AMA supports public and private health insurance coverage for treatment for gender identity disorder.  I am not sure that is the same as saying the State has to pay for sex-change operations for prisoners.  In addition, I do not believe the AMA or APA should be the final word on what medical treatment the State has to provide prisoners.  Finally, I have not read Judge Wolf’s opinion and it may be well reasoned and might change my mind about what is a seriouis medical need.

      • Autumn Denver

        No, the standard is medically necessary care. Read the opinion before making stuff up. Plus, if you don’t trust the AMA how about the prisons own doctors and expert witnesses (which the state paid $54,000 to testify – that’s right twice the amount of the surgery wasted on expert witnesses alone) who testifies that it was medically necessary. Perhaps we should let every twit on the Internet vote on what they think is proper medicine, but I like letting trained professionals that use the scientific process make those calls. It’s ironic that the so call “conservatives” who were so upset that Obamacare would get between doctors and patients are the ones trying to step between this woman and her doctor. At the end of the day, your opposition comes from a place of ignorance or outright hate.

        • Ron F

          Autumn Denver, I do not believe we “should let every twit on the Internet vote on what they think is proper medicine”.  I do believe we twits do have a right to comment on what care is paid for by taxpayers and whether taxpayers should pay for sex reassignment surgery for a transfender inmate.  My insurance would not pay for the surgery if I wanted it.  I would have to pay for it.  In addition, this case has the heightened emotional aspect of the inmate serving a life sentence for killing his wife.  As I said, I have not read the 128 page opinion.  I may change my mind about the appropriateness of taxpayers paying for the surgery after I read it.

          • Wheels55

            I believe the judge did not rule this way to do right by this creep, but to do wrong by his/her/it’s fellow prison mates. After all, they have to look at this thing.

          • Autumn Denver

            And if you read the opinion you’ll see that the 8th amendment protects all of us from ignorant people like you!

    • LeonaSalazar

      Wow, “transphobic.”  That’s a new one.  If I hadn’t already been called a racist, homophobe, stick in the mud, old-fashioned, silly old god fanatic, sick hag or ragged thing, I might be highly offended. 

  • Roger Ward

    When I first read this, I thought it was another example of a “progressive” judiciary making yet another bad call.  After reading Ron F’s comment about the judge’s credentials, I can’t blame the judges’s decision on his presumed party affiliation …. although the decision sounds like one made by a liberal Democrat (redundant, I know.)  Just to be  sure, does anyone know for certain what the judge’s party affiliation is?

    Maybe I can get my case before Judge Wolf’s court and get him to order the U. S. taxpayer to make an expenditure for me.  I’ve been depressed and considering suicide.  Would my suicidal inclination constitute a “serious medical need”?  You see, for years and years I’ve desperately wanted a red ’59 Cadillac convertible.  As I’ve never had enough money for one, I’ve been contemplating suicide.  Would this possibility qualify as a “serious medical need”?  I think so.  Or should I have killed one of my ex-wives first?

    • Brian_Bayless

      He was appointed by Reagan.

      • Roger Ward

        I know he was appointed by Reagan — but that doesn’t make him a conservative or a Republican.

        • Ron F

          Roger, but he did work in President Reagan’s Justice Department prior to being nominated as a Judge and President Reagan’s administration did do a pretty good job of vetting judicial candidates for their views regarding the Constitution and judicial activism.

    • Candi Porter Slocum

      i believe you’ll have to kill someone first. but after that you should be all set. good luck!

  • Bruce A.

    Where are the legisators on these issues?  Aren’t there laws on the books to prevent the govt. for paying for elective/cosmetic surgery etc.?  

  • Ron F.

    I have not read the opinion.  In another federal case, the Court held a serious medical need is defined as “one that has been diagnosed by a physician as mandating treatment or one that is so obvious that even a lay person would easily recognize the necessity for doctor’s attention.” Moore v. Liszewski, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89060 (C.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2009).  Since it does not seem like a lay person would easily recognize the need for the surgery, this deceision appears to apply a different standard.  It is surprising because the Judges crentials are good.  He was appoi9nted by Ronald Reagan and served as a Deputy U.S. Attorney and was chief of the Public Corruption Unit from 1981 to 1985 and Ronald Reagan nominated him as a Judge in 1985.  Hopefully there will be an appeal.

  • JRawl

    I’ll be glad to come and castrate this MEFAHB (Miserable Excuse For A Human Being)!  Just give me time to find a rusty knife….

    • Deny916

      My Ginsu knife slices and dices pretty good!   Chopping into little pieces works best!

      If this murderer wants to be a woman he should have to pay for it himself.  What is our world coming to?  Great article Leona. 

  • Daniel

    He forfeited his right to even live, let alone get special privilege’s. Progressives are Godless.  

  • Wheels55

    Execute IT as a man or as a woman – just do it now.

    • CCNV

       My thoughts exactly! Couldn’t have said it better.