Fields v. Smith (USA)

A federal judge struck down a Wisconsin law that prohibits prison inmates from getting hormone therapy to treat gender identity disorder. U.S. District Judge Charles N. Clevert Jr., who presided over a civil trial challenging the law in 2007, issued a ruling and declared the statute unconstitutional on several grounds. In early 2006, Clevert had issued a preliminary injunction to allow the hormone therapy to continue. Clevert found that the law amounts to “deliberate indifference to the plaintiffs’ serious medical needs in violation of the Eighth Amendment,” because it denies hormone therapy without regard to those needs or doctors’ judgments. He found the law unconstitutional on its face and also in violation of the inmates’ rights to equal protection. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upheld this order.

Fields v. Smith.

Fields v. Smith (7th Circuit).

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