Katie Hopkins is notorious for being generally vile, and now she has set her lizard eyes on transgender people and NHS funded gender reassignment surgery.
Katie spoke about this on her LBC talk show over the weekend, essentially saying that not only was being transgender a “life choice” but also that the NHS should not fund them.
She was mostly aiming her vitriol at the option to have eggs or sperm frozen before gender reassignment surgery, as this often results in the person becoming infertile. This option is also presented to cancer patients and other surgery recipients.
She said: ““Is it OK that we are paying for these individuals and their life choices? As much as I love to wave the rainbow coloured banner and much as I see that that’s the way the world’s going, I don’t agree with it.I don’t think we should be paying for trans people to have their eggs frozen on the NHS.”
“If we lived in a world of endless resources, there would be no problem with the amount of cash available but the fact is we are 2.4 for 5 billion pounds in debt with our NHS.”
“The fact is we’ve got cataract operations being cancelled, three out of four trusts now do not perform cataract operations until the patient is perfectly blind because we don’t have the funds to approve them.
“We have people waiting for operations 12 months to wait for an operation. I waited for mine personally for 3.5 years – I fell off the waiting list because it was so long. Do we really need to pander to the trans community and their whims? I say no.”
Of course, this argument is a well known fallacy. This argument is also sometimes made about female sterilisation, such as a tubal ligation. The fact is, there is not some sort of “pot” where one woman’s sterilisation is somehow “taking away” funds from someone in need of life saving surgery.
The same of course applies to gender reassignment surgery, which is only given after a very long waiting period and also several evaluations. Some transgender people with the means have opted to go private because of how long the wait is for this surgery.