March 3rd, 2016
Columbus, OHIO- An Ohio doctor has been sentenced to 4 years in prison and fined more than $200,000 after being found guilty on Tuesday of accepting sexual favors in exchange for completing sex change operations, reports the Columbus Herald Tribune Times Gazette Tribune.
Dr. Jonas P. Sanderson openly confessed to performing gender reassignment surgery for over 11 men in exchange for what he called “pussy payments”, where the patient would have to submit to his advances 3 to 4 times a week for up to 6 years after the surgery was completed. This news shocked many in the LGBTQ community who see this as gross discrimination and have vowed to bring more attention to this case.
Dr. Sanderson’s defense team has decided to appeal the decision on the grounds that the defendants entered into the pussy payment arrangements out of their own volition and in many cases, it was their idea. They added that sex in exchange for goods and services has been going on since the medical profession began and that it is the culture of the industry and not just the practices of some lone pervert that is the real issue at hand.
Many agree with Sanderson in this case, believing that few transgender people would bother to get the procedure if the option to pay with sex was off the table and that this action is discriminatory. Tom Delaney of Cleveland agreed with this sentiment.
“Do you know how much it costs to get a sex change?,” he asked. “A lot. What am I going to do to offset the cost if I can’t bang the doctor? Things are hard enough as it is for transgender people, why do they have to make it even harder? Adults should be able to enter into any contract they see fit, sexual or otherwise.”
With so much attention given to transgender rights in recent years, many analysts agree that this case will set a precedent that could be a hindrance and a major step backward for people who seek to change or alter their gender. Allowing the medical industry to accept payment as they see fit may be a thing of the past as regulators and lawmakers struggle to find a balance of equality.