Lose Parental Rights for Opposing Child Sex Change (Germany)

Originally appeared at: foma.ru

Parents in Germany who refuse their child's wish to change sex will now face the loss of parental rights.

This follows from the country's August 23, 2023 "Self-Determination Act," which allows children to officially change sex even against the will of their parents, according to Apollo News.

According to the law, children can change gender from the age of 14 by filing a declaration, and if parents disagree with this desire of their child, "the family court shall substitute consent", i.e. parental consent will no longer be necessary.

However, according to the publication, the reasoning part of the law hides a very radical moment: the court can even "deprive a parent of custody if he or she does not agree to the change of sex".

The family court also has the power to remove custody of one parent "if, contrary to the other parent, he does not agree with the change of the sex of his child." Such a decision can be made, for example, in a situation where the parent "categorically rejects the child's gender identity, which is different from the gender record", i.e. indication of sex in official documents at birth.

At the same time, as the publication clarifies, usually a parent in Germany is removed from custody "only if he poses a significant threat to the physical, mental or emotional well-being of the child - if the child is subjected to serious neglect or abuse," but the simple assumption that one of the parents is harmful to the child or he has some shortcomings, the authors of the material noted, for such measures is clearly not enough.

The publication states that in this way, under the leadership of Federal Minister for Family Affairs Lisa Paus and Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann, a loophole has been created in the law "allowing you to completely deprive transcritical parents of power, even if they only want the best for their child," simply by depriving them of guardianship.

Let us recall that according to the Fundamentals of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church (p. X.1.), “the difference between the sexes is a special gift of the Creator to the people He created. “And God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; He created them male and female” (Genesis 1:27).

The Church emphasizes (p. XII.9) that "the desire to refuse belonging to the same sex that was given to man by the Creator can only have detrimental consequences for the further development of the individual."

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