State Duma deputies in the third, final reading adopted a bill banning gender reassignment. This was announced by the speaker of the body Vyacheslav Volodin in his Telegram channel.
“Adopted a law banning gender reassignment. This decision protects our citizens, children,” he wrote.
According to Volodin, in the United States over the past 10 years, sex reassignment operations have increased 50 times, the number of transgender people in 2022 amounted to more than 1.6 million, including 1.3 million adults and more than 300 thousand adolescents from 13 to 17 years old.
“A monstrous trend! This is the path leading to the degeneration of the nation. This is unacceptable for us.”
In turn, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Health Oleg Salagay said that after the law comes into force, the department will cancel its by-laws regulating the processes of gender reassignment.
“With regard to the acts of the Ministry of Health, I would like to assure you that from the moment the bill that we are discussing today comes into force, the relevant acts will be declared invalid,” he said.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov responded to the critical reviews of lawyers and doctors about the bill.
“All these appeals were expertly worked out in the Duma. Here, in this case, the fears are excessive. The relevant reservations have been accepted,” the Kremlin spokesman said.
The bill passed its second reading on 13 July. Some amendments were added to the main reading, including the annulment of marriage in case of a change of sex by one of the spouses and the prohibition to adopt children and become guardians.
The bill was submitted to the State Duma in May. Vice Speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy noted earlier that “almost 400 parliamentarians” became the authors of the initiative. In the first reading it was adopted on June 14. Volodin promised that decisions to ban gender reassignment would be made in July.
Last December, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning LGBT propaganda, pedophilia and gender reassignment in the country. In particular, for the dissemination of information that may induce minors to change their sex, they face a fine of up to 200 thousand rubles, legal entities – up to 4 million rubles.
What the law prohibits
The bill concerns three main provisions:
– Prohibition of hormones and operations.
The law establishes a ban on any medical intervention aimed at the formation of a person’s primary or secondary sexual characteristics of the other sex. The ban applies to both operations and the use of hormone therapy.
– Prohibition on gender reassignment in documents.
After the start of the work of the law, it will not be possible to change the gender in the documents. Certificates of gender reassignment, on which a person underwent an operation, but did not change his passport, will be canceled after the entry into force of the law.
– Annulment of marriage and prohibition of adoption of children.
If one of the spouses changes sex and this is reflected in the civil status record, the marriage will be declared invalid. In addition, persons who have previously changed gender will be prohibited from adopting children, acting as guardians or trustees. In Belarus, castration will begin to cure pedophiles. And they will ban LGBT propaganda President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko supported the proposal of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic on punishment… 19 June 20:25
It is noted that sex reassignment will not include medical interventions related to the treatment of congenital anomalies or malformations, genetic and endocrine diseases associated with impaired formation of the genital organs. In such cases, the decision on medical interventions is made by the medical commission of institutions subordinate to the Ministry of Health. In addition, the commission after operations will issue a medical report “on the conformity of sexual characteristics to the characteristics of a certain sex.” The conclusion is necessary to make changes to the civil status records.
Motivation of legislators
Earlier, State Duma deputy Tamara Frolova called the bill necessary for Russia, in which traditional family values and the institution of marriage underlie state sovereignty. According to her, the future of the country will be built on the healthy upbringing of children, and not on “European games of democracy.”
The explanatory note to the bill notes that in Russia there is a developed industry of gender reassignment, where unscrupulous doctors, psychologists, LGBT organizations and activists are employed, who “direct all their destructive activity to teenagers and youth.” And such practices, the document emphasizes, are becoming more widespread.
“The Constitution of the Russian Federation enshrined norms on the preservation of traditional family values and the protection of the institution of marriage as a union of a man and a woman. The basic law of the country provides only two sexes – men and women, no “intermediate” and “additional” options for sexes or “genders”, categories like “parent # 1” and “parent # 2″ are not provided, nor is the possibility ” sex change,” the document says.