THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Never mind a recent Swedish court ruling stating the current practice of forced sterilization of transgender citizens was a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, some legislators are arguing that the practice remain in place.
Fearing a “third gender,” Swedish Members of Parliament Tuve Skanberg and Annelie Enochson are opposing efforts in Parliament to enact legislation to delete the a requirement of sterilization for transitioning Swedish citizens.
It’s a bit early to tell if there is widespread support for this.
More about the Swedish court ruling on sterilization: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/forced-sterilization-of-trans-patients-following-sex-reassignment-surgery-ends-in-sweden/
In an earlier report, I wrote about the United Nations’ position that forced sterilization was torture. This is from the a UN report on the matter: “…Medical care that causes severe suffering for no justifiable reason can be considered cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and if there is State involvement and specific intent, it is torture.”
While these two may consist of a minority of the Swedish Parliament, their actions are very Orwellianish and most certainly yet another blemish on an otherwise civilized country. Not too long ago, a man was cleared of raping a trans woman because the judge argued the victim wasn’t “technically” a woman. A higher court however, overruled that judge and found the rapist guilty. More on that here: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/rapist-freed-in-sweden-because-intended-female-victim-turned-out-to-be-transgender/
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