“Sex-Change” Lunacy and Judicial Activism Cripple Canadian Correction Facilities
EDMONTON, October 17, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Last week, Synthia Kavanagh, a 43 year-old man previously known as Richard Chaperon and who is officially considered a woman, in a fit of rage trashed the medium/minimum security women’s prison in Edmonton in which he was housed. He fought off guards and threatened the lives of others. He is being transferred to a maximum security facility in Kitchener, Ontario but the policies that put him in a position to be a danger to women prisoners and guards is being questioned only by a Conservative MP.
It all started in 1999 when Kavanagh convinced corrections officials with the help of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, “gender-identity experts” and a Canadian Transsexual support organization, that he was really a woman who needed “gender reassignment treatment” and to be housed in a women’s prison. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Canadian custodians of the politically correct doctrine that a person’s sex is a matter of personal preference not of genetics, ordered the Canadian Correctional Service (CSC) to provide the “treatment” and a transfer Kavanagh to a women’s prison.
Kavanagh was sentenced to the maximum possible sentence under Canadian law, life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, for the 1987 killing of a male “transsexual” prostitute, Leo James Black. Now he is being transferred, not back to a men’s facility but to the maximum security Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener.
Previous to Kavanagh’s case, Corrections Canada had a policy of housing “transsexuals,” those men who believe they ought to be women, in men’s facilities and did not acknowledge the purported “medical necessity” of sex-change treatments or provide them at taxpayer’s expense.
“I see our government bending over backwards to accommodate the interests of prisoners and forgetting the entire role of prisons is to protect society and to reform some prisoners,” said Conservative justice critic Vic Toews.
The Conservative MP for Provencher, Manitoba, said, “What it appears to me is the government is trying to accommodate the interests of the prisoner and, quite frankly, forgetting the interests of taxpayers.”
The new guidelines, apparently also consider “sex toys” for personal sexual gratification to be a necessary part of a prisoner’s medical treatment. An unnamed prison guard confirmed that Kavanagh had been provided with the sex object “for medical purposes,” as a form of “after care” for Kavanagh’s condition. Gender-reassignment treatment includes surgery to remove the primary male sex organs and hormones to create female-like secondary characteristics.
The existence of “gender dysphoria” is contentious even in the mainstream medical community. Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, contends that the gender dysphoria does not exist but that the disorder is psychological in nature.Â
In the 1970s, McHugh halted sex-change operations at Johns Hopkins, calling them “perhaps with the exception of frontal lobotomy, the most radical therapy ever encouraged by 20th-century psychiatrists.”
For voicing an opinion at variance with the strict dictates of the homosexual propaganda, McHugh has been labeled, “transphobic” and a “conservative Catholic ideologue.”
Read previous LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Male Murderer to be Sent to Women’s Prison after Complaint
Canadian Court Orders Prisons to Pay for Sex Change Operations
Read LifeSiteNews.com Special Report on the acceptance of “Gender Assignment.”