Lawsuit Filed 23rd Sept 2014 to Compel Army to Address Chelsea Manning’s Medical Needs

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

CHELSEA ELIZABETH MANNING, Plaintiff v CHUCK HAGEL et al., Defendants.
Civ. No. ____________

MEMO IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION

September 23, 2014 Case 1:14-cv-01609 Document 1-3 Filed 09/23/14

Page 1 of 29

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION …………………………………………………………………………………………………………1

FACTS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………1

Gender Dysphoria………………………………………………………………………………………………………….2
Ms. Manning’s History of Gender Dysphoria and Attempts to Obtain
Treatment in Accordance with Medical Protocols ………………………………………………………….4
Plaintiff’s Distress and Urgent Need for Hormone Therapy and Permission
to Follow Female Grooming Standards …………………………………………………………………………10

ARGUMENT…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………11

I. PLAINTIFF HAS A SUBSTANTIAL LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS
ON THE MERITS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………11
A. Plaintiff’s Gender Dysphoria And Risk Of Engaging In Self-Harm Constitute
Serious Medical Needs For Purposes Of The Eighth Amendment …………………………………12
B. Defendants Have Acted With Deliberate Indifference To Plaintiff’s Serious
Medical Needs ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………14
1. Defendants Have Acted With Deliberate Indifference By Failing to
Provide Adequate Treatment For Plaintiff’s Serious Medical Needs……………………………..15
2. Plaintiff Has Been Categorically Denied Hormone Therapy And Other
Medically Necessary Treatment For Non-Medical Reasons
And With Deliberate Indifference To Her Serious Medical Needs………………………………….20
3. Prisoners’ Medical Care Cannot Be Withheld Based On Pretextual Security
Justifications …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………22

II. PLAINTIFF WILL SUFFER IRREPARABLE INJURY ABSENT AN INJUNCTION…23

III. THE BALANCE OF HARMS STRONGLY FAVORS PLAINTIFF ……………………………25

IV. AN INJUNCTION IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST………………………………………………….25

CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..26

See the whole document at http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/Manning%20preliminary%20injunction%20motion.pdf

 

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