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Argentina Passes Far-Reaching Gender-Identity, Death-with-Dignity Laws

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 78642
Category/Department: Argentina
Date: 2012-06-15
By: Andrés Gaudín

Argentina has recently taken two significant steps toward consolidating a policy that advances human rights. On May 9, Congress passed, almost unanimously, the "death-with-dignity" and "gender-identity" laws. The first law allows patients with irreversible illnesses to choose to avoid "futile life-support treatment" that prolongs life even when there is no chance for improvement in the person's health. In passing the second law, the state committed to respect gender self-determination for every citizen, and, as a consequence, to guarantee their access to health-care procedures needed to change their body to conform to their self-perceived gender.

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