Under-18s will be blocked from having gender reassignment surgery


Under-18s will be blocked from having gender reassignment surgery in proposals to be published this summer

  • Currently, under-18s are allowed surgery but only with parental consent
  • Equalities minister Liz Truss said those under 18 will be banned from the surgery
  • Said children shouldn’t able to make irreversible choices while still developing 

Under-18s will be banned from having gender reassignment surgery, equalities minister Liz Truss said yesterday.

While children are developing their decision-making capabilities, they should not be able to make irreversible choices, she said.

Currently, under-18s are allowed surgery but only with parental consent.

Under-18s will be banned from having gender reassignment surgery, equalities minister Liz Truss (pictured) said yesterday

Ms Truss said: ‘I believe strongly that adults should have the freedom to lead their lives as they see fit, but I think it’s very important that while people are still developing their decision-making capabilities that we protect them from making those irreversible decisions.

‘Of course some of these policies have been delayed by the specific issues around Covid but I can assure you that alongside the Covid work, our officials continue to do those things to make them happen.’

She said the Government’s full response to reforms of the Gender Recognition Act will be published this summer. Addressing the Women and Equalities Committee, she outlined ‘very important principles’ the Government would set out in the act.

Under-18s will be banned from having gender reassignment surgery, equalities minister Liz Truss said yesterday

Under-18s will be banned from having gender reassignment surgery, equalities minister Liz Truss said yesterday

The first is that single sex spaces will be protected, after concerns were raised over women’s jails, toilets and women’s refuges.

Ms Truss said the act should also ensure that transgender adults are able to live their lives as they wish without persecution, while maintaining checks and balances. And under-18s must be protected from irreversible decisions, she added.

In 2018, then-prime minister Theresa May proposed the reforms to allow people to transition with a ‘more streamlined and de-medicalised’ process. She said being transgender should not be treated as an illness.

 

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