U.S. Court: State can't deny transgender inmates therapy

MADISON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning taxpayer-funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision came Friday in a case brought by a group of male inmates who identify as female. They say they need the hormones to treat their gender identity disorder and not having them would lead to severe health problems.

The state appealed after a federal judge struck down the 2006 law last year. A three-judge panel upheld the ruling, saying denying inmates medical treatment amounted to "torture."

The American Civil Liberties Union hailed the decision. It says the law was the only one in the nation that denied such medical care to transgender inmates.

State attorneys say they are reviewing their options.


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