THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — It’s hard to imagine this kind of law was still on the books in such an educated European country, but nonetheless, the practice of sterilization ended this week after a Swedish court of appeal ruled the 1972 law was unconstitutional in December. They also said the forced sterilization violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Swedish parliament recently passed legislation to ban the practice, but it wasn’t scheduled to begin until later this year.
LGBT advocates in Sweden are hoping that parliament will compensate those who were sterilized. They are threatening a lawsuit if this doesn’t happen. There is a precedent for this — sterilized patients of Swedish a eugenics program were compensated when the practice ended in the late 1990s.
A bit more on the compensation hopes here: Sweden ends forced sterilisation of sex change patients.
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