The United Kingdom is preparing to ditch plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act that would permit individuals to self-identify as male or female without any medical documentation.
Multiple reports indicate that the change is a departure from earlier plans from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May’s government, that would have enabled trans-identifying people to alter their birth records with no formal medical diagnosis.
Government ministers are reportedly planning on announcing bans on “gay-cure” therapies to appease those who identify as among the LGBT while also establishing new measures to protect female-only facilities such as public restrooms and domestic violence shelters.
Although official plans are not finalized, the new policies are said to be “basically ready” and Equalities Minister Liz Truss is set to publish them at the end of next month. Truss also recently announced that the U.K. would soon prohibit doctors from prescribing experimental drugs like puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children who are younger than 18.
The shift comes after years of intensifying debate about the implications of allowing self-identification, particularly the impact on women’s rights as feminists and other women’s rights campaigners have consistently raised concerns about transgender activism and what it yields.
“I am delighted that the government realizes that there is no appetite amongst the electorate for Self-ID. However, we now need to work to repeal the GRA completely,” Keen-Minshull said in an email to The Christian Post Wednesday.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter