June 9, 2006

Vatican condemns free sex change hormones

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's newspaper on Friday
criticized the government of the Tuscany region in Italy for
deciding to provide free hormone treatment for patients
undergoing sex change operations.

L'Osservatore Romano called the decision by the Tuscany
regional government earlier this week "incredible."

"The problem is not cost, it's principle," the newspaper

"Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany,
waiting lists for operations, (insufficient funds for)
chemotherapy and inadequate numbers of medical staff, perhaps
it would have been better not to give precedence to hormonal
treatment for sex changes," the paper said.

Tuscany is the first Italian region to provide such
treatment free as part of its regional health service.