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PostTransgender Law in Spain (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 06/29/21 4:49 am)
The Sex Change law, or the Trans or LGTB law, will be approved today in Spain, which has sparked pro and contra debates.
The reason? Basically because under the new law the minimum age for a person to decide to change their sex is reduced to 16 years, only by declaring their willingness to do so without further requirements or obligations.
Although in some countries these sex changes are considered illegal, I understand that in many countries they are legal with some preliminary procedures and conditions, although in general it differs from the legal gender change, and the typical majority age of 18 is required to make that decision.
It intrigues me if a difference of two years can be so significant in terms of whether a person can make such a momentous decision. The doubts are legitimate, because it seems to me that a 16-year-old cannot be absolutely sure of his or her sexuality. In fact, I just read some statistics, although I do not know the source, that between 75% or 80% of the people who changed their sex in their childhood or their puberty eventually regretted it. Many claim that this new law is an unrealistic excess of Socialist Progressivism.
JE comments: It's a big decision, to be sure. Spain's new law allows for gender reassignment as early as 14 years with parental approval (16 without). Age sixteen (and fourteen?) seems to be too young to make such a significant choice. Aren't people that young even barred from entering into legal contracts?
Yet what about regret among the transitioned? One has to be very careful with claims of this type, which are certainly fraught with "agendas" of all types. This 2019 NBC article cites a Swedish study of 50 years of transitioned subjects. Only 2% expressed regret: