The Chicago Tribune reports that a Wisconsin federal appeals court ruled to end a ban on publicly funding hormone treatment for transgender prisoners. The ACLU of Illinois, along with the ACLU of Wisconsin, the National LGBT Rights Project and Lambda Legal sought to defend the rights of a group of transgender inmates who rely on hormone therapy to prevent severe health problems.

"Too often the medical needs of transgender persons are not treated as the serious health issues that they are," said ACLU attorney John Knight in a prepared statement. "We are glad that the appeals court has found that medical professionals, not the Wisconsin Legislature, should make medical decisions for inmates."

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