Transgender Fights For Breast Exam

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:09pm

A Colorado transgender woman has filed a lawsuit after being denied free breast cancer screening. Will Ripley reports.

(KUSA) The legal definition of "female" is at the center of a new lawsuit.

Jennifer Blair, a transsexual woman, is suing for the right to get free breast cancer screenings.

Blair had surgery to change her gender more than a decade ago.

Women's Wellness Connection, a state-run healthcare program, recently turned her away because she is "not genetically female."

9Wants to Know began looking into this after getting a newstip, and found this lawsuit could have national implications.

It's a complicated legal issue, but it all boils down to a simple question: If someone is born a man, but has surgery to become a woman, are they entitled to same free healthcare as other women?

"I'm just a person like anyone else," said the 62-year-old Blair. "I have the same hopes, the same dreams, [and] the same concerns as any other woman."

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