Special Biology Farewell Committee on Birth Certificates
The select governance and administration committee confirmed its support for a change in the law that would consider birth certificates to be completely meaningless. Birth certificates will be based on the person’s choice or even choices, and no medical evidence will be required for changes.
In the report – which could have been written by a transgender activist, but supported by committee members on both sides of the House – he not only supports the bill, but even suggests that it be more radical. This is at odds with the overwhelming number of submissions who opposed the proposal. Of the 6,609 submissions reviewed, 73% were against the changes and only 25% supported them!
The troubling elements of the report (including
remark of the Committee) are:
- “Gender self-identification is an administrative process, rather than a health-related process or a medical procedure.
- “These considerations reflect the basic principles that requirements should not medicalize the process.”
- “It is important to allow sex markers to be prescribed by regulation, rather than primary legislation. This would allow them to be more easily reviewed and updated as the understanding of sex and gender changes over time. “
- “We believe that people should be allowed to change their recorded sex more than once, to reflect that gender can be fluid for some people.”
- Affirms reducing the requirements for a 16-17 year old who changes sex, so that a referral from a health professional is no longer necessary (pesky doctors!). It can be a parent, or a “third party” (pesky parents!) “A 16 or 17 year old may not receive the guardian’s consent. In our opinion, this should not be the end of the process… We believe it is important to provide a reasonable alternative to guardian consent for young people who may not have guardians willing to help them change their gender.. “
- For children 15 years of age or younger, a referral from a healthcare professional is also no longer required. Just a parent and a “third party”.
- Who can be a “third party”? Could be “have known the applicant for some time” corn “large enough to offer candidates a reasonable level of choice”. Basically whoever agrees, eh.
- Under the bill, reverting to your biological sex was supposed to be easier (for obvious reasons!) But the Committee said – oh no! “We have some concern about this. This could create an unfair disparity between those who intend to revert to the sex marker registered at birth and those who wish to change to a different one. This could be taken to imply that being cisgender and reverting to sex at birth is ideal, which is not our intention.
- “SSome authors feared that a self-identification process would have a negative effect on women’s sport. We have a different point of view. “
- “information on a birth certificate alone is not definitive proof of a person’s sex.
And then it became even more absurd….
- “The SOP states that the statutory declaration accompanying a request to change the registered sex must verify that the eligible person identifies as, and intends to live as, a person of the designated sex … live as” a person of the designated sex is problematic. Inadvertently, this could be seen as entrenching gender stereotypes in law, depending on a person’s perspective on what it means to “live like” a person of a particular gender. ” These clauses are now deleted (“Intend to live as a person of the designated sex”)
In a touch of massive irony, the select committee inadvertently confirmed why the “conversion therapy” bill should be deleted and why parental notification for teenage abortions should be mandatory.
- “We believe the difference between a 16 or 17 year old teenager and a child is their ability to make big decisions with big consequences. We believe it is important to retain the responsibilities of a guardian for the development of your child and to help your child understand and make important decisions. This is why we believe that the consent of a guardian should be required if a child under 16 wishes to change their registered sex …
Finally, and to confirm how much this process has been hijacked by activists, the report went way beyond its parameters and made a recommendation that had absolutely nothing to do with the investigation. They recommended:
- “That the government commit to developing comprehensive guidelines for mixed and single-sex schools on how to provide a safe and supportive environment for takatāpui, transgender, intersex and non-binary students. “
It is obvious to everyone that this has nothing to do with the registration of births, deaths and marriages.
“By choosing your own gender in your birth certificate, certificates will become an object of unscientific gender ideology and will effectively tell healthcare professionals that they were wrong at the time of birth. Circumstances may change, but a historical record should not be able to be altered, ”says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“The politicians on this select committee seem devoid of scientific reality. “
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