Norway’s Christian Democrats want to ban gender reassignment before the age of 18

Hans Fredrik GrøvanPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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The Christian Democrats’ (KrF) parliamentary group believes that children should not make irreversible gender reassignment and wants to introduce an age limit at 18 years on gender reassignment.

The proposal to introduce an age limit for irreversible interventions has been made in the run-up to the party’s national meeting this weekend, the newspaper Dagen writes. The Storting group will present a proposal for a new gender policy, separate from what they call “a radical gender ideology.”

“We want to state that we base our policy on the biological understanding of gender,” KrF’s parliamentary leader Hans Fredrik Grøvan told the newspaper.

According to Grøvan, there are “strong forces” who want to change the view of gender and sexuality, and there is an ideological struggle in schools and kindergartens.

Opposing interest groups

Therefore, the group wants to strengthen the teachers’ knowledge of gender identity and sexual orientation so that the school is not dependent on external contributors or interest groups.

Today, children can apply for gender-correcting treatment from the age of 16. From the age of six, one of the parents has to agree to the treatment – if that is considered to be the best for the child, Dagen writes.

The proposal is opposed by sexologist Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, who refers to the suicide statistics for transgender people, stating that very few of those involved change their minds after they are 13 years old.

“We see that puberty is a tremendous burden for those who do not feel like the gender their body dictates. That pain is so great that it is quite risky to go out with such an age limit,” Benestad said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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