A law enacted in 1972 requires anyone seeking a gender marker change on official ID papers to get divorced if married and to be sterilized. Recently, support for a change in the law has been expressed by the country’s Moderate Party and Liberal Party, but with opposition coming from the Christian Democrat party, a new proposal was outlined to allow individuals to remain married but which still forces sterilization (Pasulka). The Christian Democrats argued for a commission to look into the matter of sterilization (“Sweden keeps…”). The law will be reviewed come spring.
This law undermines the basic human right of the individual to have a say in their own body. Forcing sterilization dehumanizes a person, insinuating their worth only as property, incapable of making choices. Taking away a person’s right of choice in regards to their body is a grievous disrespect. To help fight this law, please sign the petition at AllOut.org.
Pasulka, Nicole. “Forced Sterilization for Transgender People in Sweden.” Motherjones.com. 25 Jan. 2012. Electronic. <http://motherjones.com/mixed-media/2012/01/sweden-still-forcing-sterilization>.
“Sweden keeps sex-change sterilization law.” The Local. 12 Jan. 2012. Electronic. <http://www.thelocal.se/38466/20120112/>.