Europe is abolishing the law mandating sterilization for trans persons prior to initiating the process of transition and sex adjustment. As many as 21 European states have such laws, including France, Italy and Turkey.
The European Court of Human Rights adopted a decision that the law requiring permanent sterilization of trans persons before initiating the process of transition and sex adjustment is not in accordance with human rights.
The judges explicitly noted that such medical treatment is unnecessary in democratic societies and represents a breach of the Convention on Human Rights. Likewise, they added that trans persons have the right to their own gender, since it is a ‘basic part of the right to self-determination’.
The decision is in regards to Turkey. Activists note that the Court failed to adopt a decision on a more general level.
Twenty one states in Europe, including France, Italy and Denmark, have laws ordering trans persons to be sterilized before their gender identity is acknowledged.