Family Policy Alliance of Idaho Asks State to Appeal Sex Change Ruling

December 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2018


Family Policy Alliance of Idaho Asks State to Appeal Sex Change Ruling

BOISE, IDAHO — Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is asking the Idaho Department of Correction, Governor-elect Brad Little, and other Idaho officials to appeal a federal judge’s ruling last week requiring the state to fund a sex-change operation for an inmate incarcerated for sexual abuse on a child.

A statement from John Paulton, the Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho:

“While it’s important for all inmates to receive compassionate care, such as mental healthcare to help with gender dysphoria, it is unconscionable that Idaho taxpayers should be forced to pay for a sex-change operation for this inmate. Sex-change operations are extremely costly—not just for the procedure, but for a lifetime of expensive care due to the body treating the operation site as a wound for the rest of the person’s life. These operations are also not proven to provide any long-term relief for those suffering from gender dysphoria.

“Idaho should stand against any attempt by a federal judge to force taxpayers in the Gem State to fund expensive and experimental surgeries for inmates. This judge’s ruling demonstrates a lack of true compassion for those struggling with gender dysphoria and a complete lack of respect for Idahoans.”


Convicted child sex offender Adree Edmo, a male who has been living as a woman, sued the Idaho Department of Correction in an attempt to secure a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation. Last week, Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill (an appointee of former President Bill Clinton) supported Edmo and ordered the state to pay for the surgery within six months. The Idaho Department of Correction is currently weighing its option to appeal.

Paying for such a surgery is not compassion – to this inmate, to other inmates with legitimate healthcare needs, or the people of Idaho, who are seeing their tax dollars used in ways that are inappropriate and unprecedented in the state.


To arrange and interview with John Paulton or other media inquiries, please contact Mark Scott, Family Policy Alliance Director of Communications, at