Supports Requiring Surgery or Sterilization of Transgender People

  • ADF International filed an intervention in 2015 to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) arguing that European member states should be able to “determin[e] the most proportionate and appropriate means of promoting public order, public health and morals” in how and whether they allow transgender people to change identification documents. The intervention would thus support allowing countries to force transgender people to undergo surgery, including sterilization procedures, in order to change their documents. [Southern Poverty Law Center, 7/27/17; Alliance Defending Freedom International, 7/1/15]
  • In 2015 and 2016, ADF opposed bills in Colorado that would have allowed transgender people who have birth certificates from the state to change the gender on their certificates without undergoing surgical transitions or long court proceedings. ADF senior counsel Michael Norton submitted testimony against an earlier version of the bill in 2015, and according to Colorado Springs Independent, ADF “sent a representative to the House hearings to oppose the bill” in 2016. [Colorado General Assembly, 2/24/15Colorado Springs Independent3/30/16]