Advocacy group says breast implants save the lives of transgender peopleTop Highlights, Breaking News Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL) says that breast implants are a life and death matter for transgender people who need the operation to function in their new identity. In their study, the group found that transgender people who are denied the operation are more likely to commit suicide than others who go through breast implant surgery.
“Breast implants for transgender women are in many cases an very important measure for them to function with their new identity and allow them to fit in as women in everyday life,” the advocacy group said in a statement. Findings were published in a petition to the National Board of Health and Welfare.
RFSL warns that transgender people who are denied the procedure often result in “alarmingly” high rates of suicide and other psychological problems, Sweden-based The Local is reporting.
“Plastic surgery for transsexual patients, to a large extent, saves lives,” advocates for the group say. Suicide rates for transgender patients who are denied breast implants reach nearly 30 to 40 percent, compared to 1.6 percent for the general Swedish population.
The findings come in wake of a Swedish hospital who allegedly denied a transgender person from receiving the elective surgery.
“It’s not acceptable that a small and vulnerable group of transgender people such as this transexual group is given different rights to care depending on where in the country they live,” RFSL wrote.
RFSL added it is “an individual’s value and right to decide over their identity.”
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