aA
Sex reassignment surgery is as yet unavailable in Lithuania but the necessary legislation to allow the procedure is on its way.
Bill to legalise sex reassignment surgery in Lithuania on way
© Shutterstock nuotr.

The new legislation would allow financing of operations from the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund. Up to now, plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists’ activities and responsibilities have not been defined by any specific legislation in Lithuania, but the new bill will change that situation.

Agnė Širinskienė, the Institute of Public Law Associate Professor at Mykolas Romeris University, criticised some aspects of the proposed bill. She said the difficulty is that prior to sex reassignment surgery the surgeon will have to diagnose the condition – a gender identity disorder – and make the decision on how to treat the patient.

“A deeper investigation into this legislation shows that it does not require surgeons to send these patients for psychiatric consultation as would be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Gender identity disorders, according to the International Classification of Diseases, belongs to the mental illness group. Since the person who wants to change gender is taking hormones, consultations with endocrinologist are inevitable. But there are no such references in the bill,” said Širinskienė.

“According to global medical practice norms, generally it is required to take a year or two from the gender-identity disorder diagnosis to sex reassignment surgery so that a person's desire to change sex is permanent. However, no such period of time is set in the bill,” she said.

However, she welcomed the move to regulate sex reassignment surgery by legislation.

Lrytas.lt

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

President proposes nine legislative initiatives for Seimas spring session

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has proposed including nine legislative initiatives into the...

People returning to Lithuania from China advised to avoid contact

People who have returned from China where the new COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading are advised to...

EU leaders fail to agree on new budget: Nausėda hopes for decision over month

EU leaders on Friday failed to agree on the Community's 2021-2027 budget amid disagreements over its...

Vilnius district municipality backs further asphalt-paving of PM's street

Vilnius District politicians on Friday decided to endorse a strategic activity plan for 2020–2022...

Vilnius resident suspected of forging ID and other documents of various countries

Criminalists from Vilnius police have busted a man who is suspected of forging ID and other...

Top news

Vietnamese student feels happy living in Vilnius: back home I wear mask every day

Vietnamese student Tri Huynh Viet Minh from Saigon is full of curiosity. Having won a scholarship...

President proposes nine legislative initiatives for Seimas spring session

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has proposed including nine legislative initiatives into the...

Experience Lithuanian culture: Užgavėnės in Kaunas

In Lithuania, we call the holiday Užgavėnės, which can be loosely translated into ‘Before fasting...

Leader in gaming and VR platforms to undergo major expansion in Lithuania

Unity Technologies , creator of the world’s most widely used real-time development platform for...

German polymer specialist establishing microduct systems production unit in Klaipeda

REHAU , a family-owned polymer specialist with annual sales of around EUR 3.5 billion, is...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina