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VILNIUS – Thirty-one MPs from various political groups of the Lithuanian Parliament have proposed to amend the Civil Code and to prohibit surgical or medical gender reassignment, news agency Elta reported on Monday.
Aimed at eliminating a legal loophole, the proposed amendments would clearly prohibit medical or surgical sex reassignment, as well as psychiatric and psychologic therapy aimed at changing genetically predetermined sex.
According to Elta, these MPs believe that attempts to medically reassign gender, as well as to change information about gender in personal identification documents, may threaten the rights and freedoms or morality of other people as well as public order (such as women’s privacy and security in public bathrooms etc.)
They suggested to establish in the Civil Code that a person’s gender is a person’s genetically inherent characteristic. If passed, the law would state that gender is determined at the time of insemination and remains the same throughout a person’s life and that sex chromosomes (XX or XY) indicate the person’s gender.
Currently the Civil Code stipulates that an unmarried adult may have their sex medically reassigned if it is possible and if their wish is expressed in writing. It is also stipulated that the sex reassignment conditions are established by law, however, such laws have not been adopted and the issue is not regulated.