Inmate threatens to castrate herself if state doesn’t pay for “elective” surgery

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GATESVILLE, Texas – An inmate who is serving time for murder is threatening to castrate herself if the state will not pay for gender reassignment surgery.

“I’ve been living as a woman for 20 years and I’m just a woman trapped in a man’s body,” Scott Lynn Gibson told KWTX.

Gibson, who also goes by the name Vanessa, is serving a 20-year prison sentence for the murder of another inmate, 13 years for a deadly assault attempt on a correctional guard and 18 years for aggravated robbery.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has placed Gibson in a hormone therapy treatment program, but will not pay for the surgery.

“It should be noted that offenders cannot have gender reassignment surgery which would be considered elective and is not covered under the TDCJ offender health care plan,” said Jason Clark, the prison spokesman.

Gibson says it is a medical condition, similar to medical procedures to help inmates who have heart issues or cancer.

“I feel like my constitutional rights are being violated because they’re indiscriminately denying us medical care for no reason. I should not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment,” Gibson said.

Now, Gibson has filed a lawsuit and says if that fails, she will castrate herself.

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