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Germany to allow third gender designation on birth certificates: ‘undetermined’ or ‘unspecified’

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | November 03, 2013

Germany to allow third gender designation on birth certificates: ‘undetermined’ or ‘unspecified’

The purpose of the law is to take the pressure off of parents who might make hurried decisions on sex assignment surgery for infants.

BBC News reports that Germany has become the first European country to recognize a third gender for babies with characteristics of both sexes. In other words, parents will no longer have to declare “male” or “female” gender on their baby’s birth certificate. Instead, the new law will allow them to declare gender “undetermined” or “unspecified.”

According to BBC News, the purpose of the law is to take the pressure off of parents who might make hurried decisions on sex assignment surgery for infants. ABC News adds that the law is also designed to combat discrimination against intersex people.

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