Changing gender on birth certificates “borders on ridiculous”

Debate over right to change gender on birth certificates – ‘Borders on ridiculous’
TVNZ One News 19 August 2018
Family First Comment: “Replacing it instead with a process that makes it easier for the individual to basically say he identifies as a woman without any proof or giving any guarantees that he will stay that way, borders on ridiculous.”

A proposed law change will make it too easy to change gender on birth certificates, a transwoman says.

A select committee recommended last week that the law be changed to allow people to apply directly to the births registry rather than go through court.

But transwoman Diane Sparkes, 77, does not want there to be a removal of medical evidence, which is required when going through the court process.

“Discarding the right to apply to the Family Court for a declaration of sex – where it took into account the integrity of the applicant, their specific circumstances and medical opinion as a means of protecting the rights of women and their safety – is not acceptable.

“Replacing it instead with a process that makes it easier for the individual to basically say he identifies as a woman without any proof or giving any guarantees that he will stay that way, borders on ridiculous.”
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/debate-over-right-change-gender-birth-certificates-borders-ridiculous
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