On June 1, the trial began in the Canary Islands, Spain, for the murder of Vanesa Santana Padilla, who died at the age of 22 in 2018, after her own cousin, Jonathan R.S., delivered at least 30 hammer blows to her head. In his statement, the murderer admitted to committing the crime, but also claims to self-identify as a woman and demands to be called Lorena, after having initiated the legal process to modify his gender.
Just the week before the start of the trial, the so-called “Trans Law” had been approved in the Canary Islands. This autonomous regulation was voted in favor by almost all the political parties of the Canary Islands – including the supposedly conservative ones – and by virtue of it, no justification or medical report is required from anyone who claims to identify with another gender than the one they were born with. In this way, according to the law, these people are “depathologized”.
Although the new law does not affect this specific criminal case – because the events occurred in 2018 – Jonathan/Lorena has been enjoying certain penitentiary privileges thanks to a 2006 instruction that established the criteria for the entry into prison of men who say they feel they are women -or vice versa-.
Thanks to this document, Jonathan/Lorena has remained in the so-called “respect module” inside the prison, where he can be alone and see his privacy protected when, for example, going to take a shower simply because he feels he is a woman.
“I am a woman and I don’t want to be with a girl, but with a man,” he declared to deny having sexually abused the corpse. In addition to the 25-year sentence requested for the homicide, 15 more years would be added for these alleged sexual abuses.
According to the prosecutor, the accused “made use of extreme violence by hitting the victim’s vital areas”, who continued to be beaten even after she fell to the ground dead. Subsequently, the prosecutor assured that the aggressor, excited by what happened, “ejaculated on top of her.”
The “trans laws”, to which the accused has been subjected, claim to be made to “depathologize” transsexuality. However, the defense alleges that the accused suffers from a personality disorder and has a 75% intellectual disability, so they ask for his acquittal and internment in a specialized health center.
Consequences of legislating in favor of those who claim to “feel like a woman”
This is not the first case in which identity politics generate outlandish situations. In 2018, a rapist in the United Kingdom who had declared himself to be transgender was finally sentenced to life imprisonment. He was held in a women’s prison, and there he had abused up to four other women.
According to a 2018 BBC investigation, of 125 transgender prisoners in British jails, 60 were sex offenders and some 25 had already been transferred to women’s prisons.
The reality of the situation generated in prisons by transgender laws is far from the sweetened and somewhat puerile story that TV series such as Orange Is the New Black, where transgender actress Laverne Cox plays a sympathetic transsexual who enters a women’s prison and befriends the rest of the inmates, try to transfer to society.
Precisely Laverne Cox, the transgender protagonist of this TV series that tries to normalize transsexuality, has been at the center of a recent controversy after three dubbing actors were fired for being “cisgender men.”
These ideological laws are not only generating serious problems in the judicial and criminal field, but are also having consequences in other areas such as, for example, sports, where women are being unfairly outnumbered in competitions by biological men who now claim to feel like women.