Sex Change Surgery for Minors and Thailand Law

by admin on May 17, 2023



Minnesota, a state in the USA, is proposing a new law to protect transgender minors from making rash decisions about sex change surgery. Some voiced concerns over whether the state would become a harbor for the so-called “gender-affirming care”. Opponents of sex change surgery for minors call for a ban on such medical procedures.

Although some put the case forward that “gender-affirming care” is a transgender right and that denying it to minors could cause detrimental effects on their mental health. Such care refers to hormone treatments and sex-change surgery, both of which have long-term permanent, and irreversible results. If transgender minors make a hasty decision, they might regret it later in life. The question for debate is whether gender reassignment surgery and “gender-affirming care” are suitable or appropriate for minor children.

The Medical Council of Thailand has announced a policy that transgender patients must have reached 20 years old, or be between the ages of 18 and 20 with parental consent from at least one parent. The age of majority of legal adulthood is 20 years old in Thailand. Approval for sex change surgery from two separate mental health professionals would also be required.

Performing sex change surgery on a minor, or without parental consent, may be considered a violation of the  Thailand Criminal Code Sections 295-297 which specifies types of bodily assault.

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