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Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren reverses trans opinion

Senator Elizabeth Warren places Boston Gay Pride photo on her Facebook page | Photo: Facebook/Eliabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, became the first major political figure from the Democratic Party to throw her hat into the ring to run for President in 2020.

Many analysts believe the Democratic primary will be crowded with numerous candidates vying for the nomination.

As Warren is the first prominent figure in the running, her record has been put under the microscope since her announcement.

Recently, she addressed a comment she made in 2012 about a transgender inmate’s court case and the backlash she’s received for it. In the new statement, Warren reversed her previous stance.

The backstory

Michelle Kosilek, a trans inmate, was suing the Massachusetts prison system for denying her gender confirmation surgery which her doctors said was necessary.

Doctors had treated Kosilek for depression and multiple attempts at self-harming her genitalia.

In September 2012, a judge ruled in favor of Kosilek.

At the same time, Warren was running against Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Both were asked about this story and gave similar answers: Kosilek’s surgery was not a ‘good use of taxpayer dollars’.

Two years later, in 2014, another judge ruled against Kosilek, once again denying her healthcare.

That same year, she addressed Warren’s comments, calling them ‘disheartening’.

‘You don’t lose your right to humanity and dignity when you go to prison,’ she further commented. ‘We don’t go to prison for punishment. We come to prison as punishment. This is what a lot of people, including our elected officials, don’t understand.’

What is Warren saying now?

A spokesperson for the presidential hopeful released a statement to ThinkProgress:

‘Senator Warren supports access to medically necessary services, including transition-related surgeries. This includes procedures taking place at the VA, in the military, or at correctional facilities.’

Some are less than impressed by the time it took for Warren to address this.

Previously, the Human Rights Campaign gave Warren a perfect 100 score for all her years as Senator.

She has also been a vocal opponent to Donald Trump on numerous issues, including the trans military ban.

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