.- Left-wing lawmakers of the Mexico City Legislative Assembly have introduced a bill to make sex-change operations in public hospitals easier and would establish penalties for health care workers who oppose the procedure.
According to local reports, the plan has the support of both the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The bill would make sex-change procedures available free of charge in Mexico City’s public hospitals.
Likewise, the bill would modify the Civil Code to facilitate the altering of personal documents according to a person’s new identity.
During the last two years, the Mexico City Legislative Assembly has approved same-sex unions and the legalization of abortion, although this has been challenged as unconstitutional before the Supreme Court.