Russia will ban sex-change operations on the pretext of preserving offspring and preventing men from evading military service. Photo/REUTERS
MOSCOW – Members of Parliament Russia has tabled a bill that would ban operations to change people’s sexes. The reason is to preserve offspring and fight against the anti-family ideology that is campaigned by the West.
This step is also a real effort to prevent citizens who try to avoid military mobilization during the war against Ukraine going on.
Nearly 400 members of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s Parliament, are behind a proposed amendment to an existing law that would prohibit medical interventions aimed at changing a person’s sex.
One of the authors of the bill, Pyotr Tolstoy, announced on his Telegram Channel that the bill excludes surgery to treat congenital anomalies in children.
Russian officials have stated that the sex change operation could impact the country’s defense capabilities amid the ongoing war.
Tolstoy agreed saying that the bill was brought forward, in part, because of “obstacles to mobilization”.
“This is related both to the desire of same-sex couples to adopt children and partly to barriers to mobilization. This is against the values and principles of our constitution,” said Tolstoy, as quoted by Newsweek, Thursday (1/6/2023).
“Why are we doing this? We are preserving Russia for our descendants, Russia with its cultural and family values and traditional norms, by blocking Western anti-family ideology from infiltrating the country,” the member of Parliament said on his Telegram channel.
Last month, Russia’s Justice Minister Konstantin Chuychenko told the TASS news agency that the ministry was moving to ban changing gender markers in residence or ID documents for those who had not undergone a “sex change operation”.