Saturday, June 21, 2008

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard Questions NHS Funding of Sex-Reassignment Surgery

According to Pink News:

"A Conservative MP has claimed that gender reassignment is a "matter of choice."

Mark Pritchard, who represents The Wrekin, expressed his view during Business Questions in the House of Commons yesterday.

He said that while he is "not against sex changes" he wants a debate on their cost to the NHS.

"Given the number of sex changes, which are increasing in the United Kingdom year on year, the cost to the NHS, which has scarce resources, and the fact that sex changes are a matter of choice, is it not time that we had a debate about the issue?" he asked Harriet Harman, Leader of the House.

"Many of my constituents do not have access to Alzheimer's drugs or cancer drugs, but neither of those diseases do they have through choice."

While sex change operations are a choice, so is taking medication for an illness such as Alzheimers or cancer. The fact is both are conditions that require treatment in order for the person to live a healthy and satisfactory life. Please contact Mr. Pritchard and share your viewpoint.

You can write to Mark Pritchard, MP at:
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
or at his constituency office:
25 Church Street, Wellington, Shropshire, TF1 1DG.

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1 comment:

Queers United said...

I am not equating the two as they are vastly different. Depression is vastly different than diabetes but both need treatment. One who has gender dysphoria needs treatment, it isn't simply a dissatisfaction, but the individual cannot live out their life properly and many times commit suicide without hormones and/or surgery to reflect their true gender.

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