The Equality and Human Rights Commission in the United Kingdom has threatened legal action against the National Health Service if it doesn't allow transgender patients access to fertility treatments, the Independent reported.
The EHRC, a nondepartmental public organization for human rights, issued a formal notice to the NHS calling on it to change its "outdatedÂ policies" and make fertility services available without discrimination against those with gender dysphoria.
âA choice between treatment for gender dysphoria and the chance to start a family is not a real choice,"Â EHRC chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath told the Independent. "We have asked NHS England to reflect on the true breadth of their statutory mandate and the impact on the transgender community of these outdated policies.â
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