HELSINKI – Lawmakers Finland Wednesday amendments were approved that will simplify it significantly for people To change the legally recognised gender Nordic country.
It is expected that the amendments will take effect immediately and eliminate an existing provision. transgender people They must provide medical certificates proving that they are infertile, or have been sterilized prior to the government recognizing their gender identity. This part of the law was meant to be kept. transgender Individuals are prohibited from having children.
FinlandThe 200-seat Eduskunta, an electorate in the country, voted in favor of the proposed changes by 113 to 69. This vote was a result of intense debates between lawmakers in recent months.
This bill permits transgender Individuals aged 18 and older are eligible Finland You can legally alter your gender by declaring yourself. Such requests cannot be made more than once per year in order to avoid misuse of the new law.
“By passing this act, Finland has taken a major step towards protecting trans people’s rights and improving their lives and right to self-determination,” Matti Pihlajamaa, Amnesty International FinlandIn a statement, the LGBTI rights adviser for Canada said.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin Has previously stated that the priority was to have amendments approved. for During the Cabinet’s last two months of office, her left-lean government was still in place. Finland General election will be held in April.
Spain approved legislation last month that allowed gender changes through self-declaration, but the British government opposed a bill similar to one passed by Scottish lawmakers in December.