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US court overturns sex-change for inmate

US appeals court overturns ruling granting sex-change surgery for convicted murderer
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl Kosilek in 1990. Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is necessary to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder.

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