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World Portugal president vetoes gender law

03:32  10 may  2018
03:32  10 may  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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The Association of Portuguese Catholic Doctors (AMCP) on Monday called on the Portuguese President , Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, to veto the law that allows people aged over 16 to self-identify their gender and change it on official documents from the age of 16 without requiring a medical report.

President Andrzej Duda has vetoed his first law -- the Gender Act forced through the Sejm by the PO and its anticlerical and libertine allies. The law gives everyone the right to declare on a whim what their gender is regardless of the reproductive organs they were born with.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa: President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa expressed concern with the proposed minimum age of 16© EPA President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa expressed concern with the proposed minimum age of 16 Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has vetoed a law that would make it easier for people to change their legal gender.

The law was approved by parliament last month, but needed to be signed by the president to take effect.

It would have allowed citizens to change their gender and name in documents from the age of 16 without the need for a medical report.

Mr Rebelo de Sousa asked parliament to consider raising the minimum age to 18.

In a statement posted on the presidential website (in Portuguese), he called for "the provision of prior medical evaluation for citizens under 18 years of age".

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President Andrzej Duda has vetoed his first law -- the Gender Act forced through the Sejm by the PO and its anticlerical and libertine allies. Very good by Andrzej Duda, he is bringing some sense and normality to our country, well done Duda!

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He said that if there is a possibility that the individual will undergo gender reassignment surgery then it would be "sensible" to seek a medical opinion.

Parliament can now amend the law in line with the president's suggestions.

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They rather expect him to veto in such situations - there is no reason to loose something by Duda. He actually lost a lot in terms of image - it was the first real They did not know the details such as that parents were no longer to be consulted in gender -change cases as the the existing law requires.

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Under the proposed law, those aged between 16 and 18 would need to have the change of gender approved by their parents or legal representatives.

Currently, those wanting to change their gender on official documents have to present a medical report and be at least 18 years old.

The new law was approved on 13 April by 109 votes in the country's 230-seat parliament, and lawmakers celebrated with a standing ovation.

Activists welcomed the "groundbreaking" law, saying it respected the right of self-determination.

But critics opposed allowing changes without a medical report and lowering the minimum age.

In the UK, individuals need to be 18 years old to require a legal change of their gender, a process that can take up to five years and requires a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from a psychiatrist.

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