Lithuania plans to ban trans surgery
Lithuania officials are planning several new amendments to current law that will severely impede the human rights of Lithuania’s LGBTI community.
Amongst the proposed bills are a ban on gender reassignment and same-sex adoption.
The first proposed bill to come before Lithuanian parliament later this year is a complete ban on gender reassignment surgery.
According to reports on GayStarNews, notes for the official amendment consider the surgery extremely controversial and claim gender cannot be reassigned, as gender is “determined genetically from the moment of conception”.
The notes add: “Society is not ready to accept gender reassignment practices due to certain psychosocial reasons, and therefore the permission to undergo gender reassignment surgeries will lead to a number of medical and ethical issues.”
Officials are also proposing a ban on same-sex adoption as “every child has the natural right to a father and a mother’.
Further amendments which seem to be aimed at preventing protests by making them financially prohibitive to run, suggests organisers of public events have to cover expenses to ensure public safety and law and order, while another says protesters are liable for administrative charges and fines for the ‘public denigration of constitutional moral values’.
Officials are also seeking to overturn a current ruling to make hate speech legal by amending the criminal code to allow the criticism of sexual behaviour and sexual practices.
In August Lithuanian officials attempted to enact a Russian style anti gay law but were prevented by the Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission who would not give permission for them to collect signatures for a referendum.