Sweden: Mandatory Sterilization of Transgender People Officially Ends
BY Michelle Garcia
January 15 2013 4:59 PM ET
Sweden officially ended its forced sterilization policy for transgender people undergoing gender transition surgery procedures.
According to the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, Sweden has forced transgender people to be sterilized since 1972, but the law was found unconstitutional by a court last year. The end to the policy occurred Thursday.
Maceo Persson, the Transgender Law Center's operations manager who also holds dual citizenship for Sweden, said the policy change "lifts an dehumanizing law that traces back to the dark times of the eugenics movement."
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