Chelsea Manning gets approval to receive hormone therapy while in prison

02/13/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – The military has approved hormone therapy for convicted soldier Chelsea Manning, born Bradley Manning, following a lengthy legal battle. As reported by WebProNews, the decision comes months after Manning began demanding treatments she said she had been denied access to that were deemed “medically necessary” and linked to a gender disorder.

Manning filed a lawsuit last year against the U.S. Department of Defense regarding the issue. She received representation from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The lawsuit is quoted as stating, “She brings this action to compel defendants to treat her serious medical needs consistent with their obligation under the Constitution.”

Col. Erica Nelson is quoted as writing in an internal memo obtained by USA Today, “After carefully considering the recommendation that (hormone treatment) is medically appropriate and necessary, and weighing all associated safety and security risks presented, I approve adding (hormone treatment) to Inmate Manning’s treatment plan.”

Manning was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of violating the Espionage Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and code of military justice over leaked classified information.

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