Who should pay bill for rapist's sex change?
January 13, 2010 Tracey Tyler
LEGAL AFFAIRS REPORTER
He entered Ontario's psychiatric system nearly 34 years ago as Vance Egglestone, whose criminal history involved choking and raping women in bars.
Today he is known as Shauna Taylor and aspires to a feminine life in a maximum-security wing of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre.
He wears makeup and women's clothing, but isn't much for orchids.
Taylor, 53, wants to undergo a procedure known as a double orchidectomy, the surgical removal of both testicles, to complete his transition to womanhood.
(The word "orchid" comes from the Greek word "orkhis," or testicle, which the plant's roots resemble.)
A central issue in the case, which comes before the Ontario Court of Appeal Wednesday, is whether Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General should pick up the cost of a medical assessment to determine whether Taylor should have the surgery.
Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.