Just in regards to gender reassignment, surgery is not actually necessary to live as the opposite gender. I know several trans people who are in varying stages and some have no intention of ever having genital surgery.
I think it's really strange, and I don't understand it, but I honestly don't see it as outrageous or anything. I don't think there's anything wrong with it removing a limb if you don't feel like it belongs there... people get bits of themselves removed or added to all the time.
Open your mind just a little bit. I don't think you've done much research into the subject. I strongly suggest you get a copy of the book i mentioned earlier. Can you imagine what it must be like to feel that your own limb is not your own, but someone else's severed limb, following you around? Imagine the horror of feeling like you were stuck carting someone else's body part around with you permanently! It's a serious illness, and extremely rare. In many cases the medical procedure IS necessary for the sufferer.
People subject themselves to unnecessary procedures all the time. What if routine liposuction went wrong and caused a paralysis of some kind- would you deny that person assistance too?
I wish people would exhibit the same level of concern for fellow human beings that they do for their tax dollars!!
I'm not saying the sufferer has it easy, I'm sure they don't. Pay for their counselling, and mental health disability allowance yes. Pay for their surgery and then physical disability allowance ... No.
At some point economics and common sense have to work in conjunction with the bleeding heart otherwise the country would go broke.
I don't know where people have gotten that the taxpayer would pay for the surgery? It would be cosmetic, we don't pay for boob jobs so this wouldn't be covered either.
As far as claiming a disability payment.... I really doubt someone who has gone through their entire life waiting a limb removed would be thinking about what they can get from the government?
On another tangent, I find it kinda interesting that people's responses reflect attitudes towards people who are differently abled.
I mean, being in a wheelchair is many people's way of life - so when we are horrified that someone chooses this as a way of life, that suggests a whole range of stuff about people who use wheelchairs and their life.
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