Army: No Gender Reassignment for Manning

Image: Army: No Gender Reassignment for Manning

Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 04:48 PM

By Cathy Burke

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Army said Thursday it won’t provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for Pvt. Bradley E. Manning, who, a day after his sentencing for a massive leak of classified information to WikiLeaks, announced he’d serve out his 35-year-term as a woman.

Army spokesman George Wright told the Washington Times Manning will, however, have access to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

"The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender-identity disorder," he said.

Manning, who identified as gay when he joined the military prior to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, was convicted late last month of leaking 700,000 classified documents from the U.S. military and State Department to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.

His sentence Wednesday came more than three years after the 25-year-old Army private was arrested in May 2010 while serving in Iraq. On Thursday morning, Manning released a statement to NBC’s “Today” saying he wanted to lead the rest of his life as a woman.

"I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," he wrote. "Given the way I feel and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.

"I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun," he said. "I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back."

But Wright said Manning will serve his sentence as a man.

The soldier’s lawyer, David Coombs, said if the Army won’t accommodate Manning’s desire to be a woman, he’ll "do everything in my power to force them to," the Times reported.

A Fort Leavenworth spokeswoman told Courthouse News earlier this week transgender inmates get nothing in prison "beyond psychiatric care." The prison keeps no demographics on their number of transgender inmates.

"All inmates are considered soldiers and are treated as such with access to mental health professionals, including a psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers and behavioral science noncommissioned officers with experience in addressing the needs of military personnel in pre- and post-trial confinement," Lewis told the news service in an email.

"The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder."

Courthouse News noted, however, a number of federal judges have ruled that rejecting such treatment for transgender prisoners constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, citing a decision in Maryland in January that guaranteed the possibility of sex-reassignment surgery for all federal inmates in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and North and South Carolina.

A Chicago court in 2011 ruled similarly, Courthouse News reported, striking down a Wisconsin law banning such medical care.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Karl Rove: New Congress Will Be Effective, Bipartisan

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 08:15 AM

The 114th Congress could demonstrate that bipartisanship is possible by building on Democratic support for legislation r . . .

Pakistan Shaken to Core by Taliban School Massacre

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 08:06 AM

The horrific attack Tuesday that left 132 schoolchildren dead at the hands of Muslim extremists has strongly affected Pa . . .

Uncompromising Putin Blames US For Economic Woes

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 07:59 AM

President Vladimir Putin struck an uncompromising stance over the crisis gripping Russia, accusing the U.S. and European . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved