Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Czech Republic’s top court rules against forced surgeries for trans people

The Czech Republic’s Constitutional Court has struck down a law that required transgender people to undergo sex organ and sterilization surgeries before completing their legal transition. 

In a 13-2 ruling, the court decided in favor of a trans man who was assigned female at birth but wished to change the gender markers on his government-issued documents without having to undergo surgery. 

In its ruling, the court called the law “unconstitutional,” “a violation of human dignity,” and said it was “at odds with the fundamental right of trans people for the protection of their physical integrity in relation to their human dignity.”

The Czech court gave parliament until 2025 to change the law. The ruling now brings the country in line with most European Union (EU) member nations.

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