The legal affairs committee’s expert selections for transactions are raising eyebrows

The key change in the bill is that people could change their in the population register without a medical examination or transgender diagnosis. The bill would also remove the requirement that people applying for gender reassignment surgery undergo sterilization.

is the only Nordic country with such a requirement.

Parliamentary committees can invite experts, civil servants and to give an oral or written statement when they are preparing their own report or memorandum on the matter at hand. The legal committee has decided to request a written statement on the draft from, among others, the Finnish Association of Christian Counselors, which describes itself as an umbrella organization for individuals and associations practicing spiritual care and Christian counseling.

asked on Friday Leena Meri (PS), chairman of the legal affairs committee, how the association can participate in the discussion.

“The committee has decided to hear them. I don’t think there’s anything unusual about the committee hearing different points of view and different concerns. I don’t see anything unusual about that,” he replied to the daily.

Other committee choices have also raised eyebrows.

Among the experts hearing tomorrow are two from the LGB Union, which describes itself as a defender of gay, and bisexual rights, but opposes the bill. LGB union outlook that “ is strictly based on biological ” and that sexual orientation is not “a variable ‘preference’”.

The other experts who will speak in the committee tomorrow are from Seta, Trasek and Finland for all families.

The Legal Affairs Committee has also decided to request a written opinion Tapio Half way, professor of educational theory at the University of . Puolimatka is known for his anti-gay writings.

Meri emphasized to Helsingin Sanomat that the committee decided on hearing and opinion requests unanimously, without a vote.

“I can’t comment on the committee’s discussions in more detail,” he said, repeating that it is good to hear views from different perspectives. “No one is suggesting that someone be consulted just for the sake of it, but because they might have some questions that are bothering them about it.”

The task of the Social and Committee is to draw up a report on the bill partly based on the opinions of the Law Committee and the Constitution Committee.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page

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