Sweden may prove to be too liberal for most people's tastes in the West, as the Gate Stone Institute reports that the government will soon legalize gender reassignment surgery or GRS, for minors, and will not require parental consent to boot.
For those who are against sex change operations on children, the developments are a shock, especially given the fact that minors in Sweden cannot vote until 18, nor can they buy alcohol at 20.
Thus many feel that to have the government allow 12-year-olds to apply for legal gender is shocking. The evidence for the plans can be seen in the official report commissioned by the Swedish government called, "Legal sex and medical sex change," authored by the Committee on the Age Limit for Approval of a Change of Gender.
According to the report, the plan would have the following legislated:
§ 15-year-olds should be allowed to decide for themselves if they want to change their legal gender
§ 15-year-olds should be allowed to have a sex-change operation, with their parents' consent
§ 12-year-olds should be allowed to change their legal gender, with their parents' consent
§ The process of obtaining permission to have a legal gender change and/or sex-change operation should be swift
§ The new law will allow children to be identified on all legal documents, ID cards and passports as belonging to a gender different from the one they were born with.
The report is also quoted as saying: "The process of changing your legal gender should be swift, simple and transparent. Further, it is important that the laws regulating the legal change do not make any direct or indirect demands that the person is treated medically in order to receive a legal gender change. No one should have to go through any kind of medical or psychological treatment, process or test related to gender identity."
Breitbart further reports that in the instance there is an opposing parent in the case, there is a recommendation that authorities be given the power to overrule the opposing parent.
The report quotes: "giv[ing] Social Services the power to decide that permission can be given without one guardian's approval, if that is in the best interest of the child," and "The law should not make any direct or indirect demands that the person is treated medically in order to receive a legal gender change."