US – Colorado Sex-Change Doctor Marci Bowers Considering Move…

[2010-07-27 AP]

Colorado & Denver News

Jul 27, 2010 6:32 am US/Mountain

Colorado Sex-Change Doctor Considering Move

TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) ¯ A town nicknamed the “sex change capital of the world” could be losing a doctor who has performed hundreds of the operations.

Dr. Marci Bowers said Monday she is “98 percent sure” she will be moving to the San Francisco area Oct. 1.

“There are advantages to being in a bigger city with access to airports,” said Bowers, adding that Trinidad’s location about a three-hour drive south of Denver was a barrier for some potential patients.

She also is in a relationship with a first-year surgical resident in San Francisco. Bowers said that if she moves, she would join an office in San Mateo with two plastic surgeons and a surgery center.

She said she is disappointed in some leaders of Mt. San Rafael Hospital where she operates, though she didn’t rule out a return to Trinidad one day.

Trinidad gained the nickname of “sex change capital of the world” from the work of Stanley Biber, who performed thousands of transsexual operations in town, among other medical work, starting in 1969. He stopped doing surgeries in 2003 and died in 2006.

In Bowers’ seven years in Trinidad, she has performed hundreds of gender reassignment surgeries. More recently, she also has been performing reconstructive surgery on victims of female genital mutilation.

© 2010 The Associated Press.

Food For Thought

As an atheist I believe there is no after life, when you die that is the end.  But I also believe that all animals have the same thing that religious people call souls.

Over the years I have shared my life with several companion animals.  When I was young and lived in the country, when a pet died we would bury our animal friend’s remains, maybe planting a tree or leaving a uniquely shaped stone on the spot.

In more recent years Tina and I have had two of our animal companions bodies cremated and we have their ashes in containers that will eventually be intermixed with our own remains and scattered.

When we helped them to an easier death and had them cremated we were given cards that spoke of a Rainbow Bridge where we will be reunited when we too die.

Today I observed that perhaps we should hope there is no Rainbow Bridge because if there is then we might not just be reunited with our friends but have to face all those animals we murdered and ate.

Imagine all those cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and other animals waiting for us and angrily demanding to know why we so arrogantly killed them, ate them and wore their skins….

Ahhh… there stands a major contradiction, the guilt of the omnivore who also loves animals and nature.  Good thing I don’t have to think too much about there being an afterlife.

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