The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the largest healthcare network in Washington State after chest reconstruction surgery scheduled for a woman who identifies as a man was canceled and she had to obtain the operation elsewhere.  According to the complaint filed by the ACLU, the 30-year-old woman, who goes by the name Ari Robbins, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, “a serious medical condition codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).” While controversial,

some health organizations believe that the course of treatment for those who suffer from gender dysphoria is to allow the person to change their outward appearance to align with their self-identification. For women, the ACLU outlines, this sometimes includes “chest masculinization surgery,” or removal of the breast to appear more masculine. Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the largest healthcare network in Washington State after chest reconstruction surgery scheduled for a woman who identifies as a man was canceled and she had to obtain the operation elsewhere. READ MORE