Russia may ban surgery to change gender under draft bill: TASS

By Reuters   May 30, 2023 | 03:13 am PT
Russia may ban surgery to change gender under draft bill: TASS
LGBT activists take part in a protest against amendments to Russia's Constitution and the results of a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms, in Moscow, Russia July 15, 2020. The placard reads: "I don't recognize the authority that keeps me from having a family." Photo by Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov
Russia may ban doctors from performing surgery to change people's gender under a proposed new bill, the TASS news agency said on Tuesday, citing a copy of the legislation.

The bill would prohibit medical workers from "performing medical interventions designed to change the sex of a person", TASS said, but exempts surgery to treat congenital anomalies in children.

Surgery to treat congenital anomalies would only be permitted if approved by a "medical commission" at a federal public health institution, TASS said.

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russian lawmakers have increasingly denounced and cracked down on what they call "non-traditional" lifestyles they say are being promoted by the West.

Last year, parliament passed a new law which critics say effectively bans representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in public and in the media.

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