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Gender affirmation surgeries for non-medical reasons to be banned in Russia

• Tass

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. A bill has been put forward in Russia banning gender affirmation surgeries for any reason other than to treat congenital abnormalities.

Thus, the law on health protections of Russian nationals is supplemented with a provision banning "medical interventions geared to swap gender," including surgeries to change primary or secondary sex characteristics.

Medical interventions are only possible to treat birth abnormalities in children "upon a decision from a medical commission of a federal state-run public health institution." The list of such institutions and the procedure for issuing such decisions will be approved by the government, according to the bill.