Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner(R) signed HB 1785 Friday halting the previous requirement of genital surgery as a prerequisite to gender marker changes on birth certificates. According to Chicago Pride Illinois now joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia in specifically outlawing transgender democide, a state policy which results in the eradication of a class of people due to a policy of reckless disregard for life.
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago and State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) were the chief sponsors of HB 1785 told Chicago Pride.
“I’m proud to be part of a team in Illinois that is expanding equality and fairness for all our citizens. Especially in a time when so many are trying to roll back legal protections and foster intolerance and hate, it is important that we stand together,” said Harris.
Many transgender people elect to have gender confirmation surgery (SRS) which for MTF trans people ends any chance of reproduction unless sperm was saved previously.
But there are many who would have SRS if they were monetarily able, a fact that legislators in Texas held against us while endeavoring to enact a bathroom bill.
Then there are some who do not want it at all. In any case, the personal decision to surgically modify one’s reproductive organs must remain with the individual and out of the hands of politicians.
While legislative sponsors, Equality Illinois, and ACLU of Illinois celebrated the signing of HB 1785 it’s important to remember HB 1785 is not an end all. The human right of self-determination of one’s gender by the process of “informed consent” has been placed in the hands of the medical profession which might be problematic with the advent of professional ‘gate keepers’.
From the bills Synopsis as introduced:
Amends the Vital Records Act. Defines “intersex condition”, “licensed health care professional”, and “licensed mental health professional”. Changes provisions concerning the issuance of new birth certificates for individuals that have undergone gender transition treatment. Provides that in order to change an individual’s sex designation on the individual’s birth certificate, a licensed health care professional or licensed mental health professional must make a declaration concerning the treatment. Requires that the licensed health care professional or licensed mental health professional sign and date a specified statement. Provides that newly issued birth certificates may reflect a name change if the documents for a name change are submitted. Changes a reference from “sex change” to “change of sex designation”. Provides that following the issuance of a new birth certificate, the individual may request the original certificate and evidence of adoption, paternity, legitimation, or change of sex designation for inspection or certification purposes. Makes corresponding changes.
Map detailing sex reassignment surgery (SRS) requirements each state has. Sources are Lambda Legal and Dr. Becky Allison’s Instructions for Changing Name and Sex on Birth Certificate.
*Some Texas officials have refused to amend the sex on birth certificates to reflect a sex change after the ruling Littleton v. Prange; however, a judge can order an amendment.
*Illinois has not yet been updated on the Wikipedia site.
*In American Samoa, “the Office of Vital Statistics . . . may change the gender marker on a birth certificate with medical documentation of the change in sex.”