Deducting Your Sex-Change Surgery

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Feb. 16 2010 9:54 AM

Deducting Your Sex-Change Surgery

Gender identity disorder might begin in your head, but it doesn't end there. On this point, the evidence is chilling. "All three expert witnesses agreed that, absent treatment, GID in genetic males is sometimes associated with autocastration, autopenectomy, and suicide," the court noted. Mental illness is physically dangerous for the simplest of reasons: The mind can decide to mutilate the body. So the question isn't whether to cut up the bodies of patients with severe GID. The question is who will do the cutting.

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Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.