Chelsea Manning Is Willing to Pay for Her Own Hormone Therapy

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“It was only after Fort Leavenworth had said that they would not provide any sort of medical treatment that we decided not to wait.” The Army’s statement came one day before Manning was sentenced, when the Courthouse News Service published a story quoting a prison spokeswoman saying that Fort Leavenworth does not “provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder.” In his interview with the AP, Coombs also detailed the specifics of Manning’s plan: She’s willing to pay for estrogen treatments that would promote female characteristics including breast development, she does not want sex-reassignment surgery at this point, and she expects to be kept with men in prison. Coombs has made it clear that he’ll pursue any and all legal options on behalf of his client if the prison prevents Manning from receiving the hormone therapy. Coombs also addressed the potential for confusion with Manning’s name change , a topic that’s been widely discussed by news organizations looking to balance the need for clarity with a desire to respect Manning’s wishes. He said that Manning understands that she won’t be able to make a clean break from her past identity: Coombs said Manning knows there is the potential for confusion with the name change, and said Manning expects to be referred to as Bradley when it has to do with events prior to sentencing, the appeal of the court-martial and the request for a presidential pardon. Prison mail must be addressed to Bradley Manning. “There’s a realization that most people know her as Bradley,” Coombs told the AP. “Chelsea is a realist and understands.” Want more of your favorite content on the MSN homepage?
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Hormone Therapy Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Death Risk

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We do not sentence them to untreated medical conditions. We don’t sentence them to untreated gender dysphoria just as we don’t sentence them to untreated kidney failure, untreated infections, or anything else of the sort. When the government takes on inmates and incarcerates them, it becomes responsible for their medical care. And this condition from a medical and scientific perspective is no different from any other medical condition that requires treatment. And increasingly from a legal perspective as well.
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Why is Hormone Therapy a Medical Necessity for Chelsea Manning? — VIDEO

The results, from an 11-year follow up with more than 12,000 women who were randomly assigned to receive either the combination hormone therapy or a placebo, found 385 women taking the therapy developed an aggressive form of breast cancer, compared to 293 in the placebo group. Twenty-five women who took hormone therapy died from breast cancer during the study, compared to 12 women in the placebo group. null “It is early in the follow-up and the number of breast cancer deaths will certainly substantially increase as we move forward,” said Dr. Rowan Chlebowski, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of the study. Women in the study who used estrogen and progestin for five-and-a-half years — which is considered long-term use of the therapy — were at higher risk of getting breast cancer, said Chlebowksi. Earlier results of this trial indicated a connection between synthetic hormone therapy — commonly marketed as as the drug Prempro — and less aggressive forms of breast cancer . But results now suggest that women who took hormones may be at risk of any, including more aggressive and late-stage, forms of breast cancer.
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