Forced sterilization: Sweden 2012

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I’ve often gotten the question if Sweden really is paradise. There are a lot of things about Sweden that are great, that could make you think that this is as good as it gets. But everything isn’t great, or even good. One of the horrible things about Sweden is that a form of forced sterilization is still practiced:

There are at least four demands if you want to undergo a gender reassignment surgery in Sweden:

  1. You have to be over 18 years old
  2. You have to be a Swedish citizen
  3. You have to be unmarried (if you are married you’ll have to get a divorce and then re-marry)
  4. You have to undergo sterilization
Göran Hägglund - party leader of the Chistian Democats

Earlier this year, there was a move to scrap three of those demands (only keeping the age limit) – but the Christian Democrats managed to persuade the other parties of the right wing alliance to keep the sterilization-demand, because “it needs further investigation”. Why? I still haven’t found a source where the reasons behind this law are clarified. And that the Christian Democrats (who were the only party who still wanted this demand) managed to get their way without any other reason than “further investigation needed” because “it’s a complicated issue” scares me. Obviously, the rest of the alliance (with the leading party the Moderates) doesn’t find the question to be very important.

According to The Local, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL), “criticized the decision, claiming that ‘government stability’ had been given priority over respect for human rights.”

Demanding sterilization is a human rights violation – it needs no further investigation, especially not when no logic arguments have been presented but rather the discussion has always been from an emotional viewpoint. People who are in need of gender reassignment surgery should not have to accept to be forcibly sterilized.

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2 thoughts on “Forced sterilization: Sweden 2012

    themagnificentsomething said:
    February 2, 2012 at 00:35

    Wow, that was very informative, and frankly quite shocking… Thank you for sharing.

      Jennifer Larancuent responded:
      February 2, 2012 at 16:34

      thanks – yes it is shocking. I’m still having a hard time believing rhis

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