AB-1577 Gender Identity On Death Certificates Takes Effect July 1

Historically, the reported sex of a decedent on the death certificate has been determined by the medical certifier or coroner, and attested to as part of the decedent’s medical information.

In cases when a decedent’s transgender identification differed from that indicated at birth or when a decedent’s physical characteristics did not correlate with the decedents self-identified gender, medical certifiers and coroners have been challenged in determining the appropriate sex to enter on a death record. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), only a small percentage of self-identified transgender individuals undergo gender reassignment surgery, making it difficult to determine gender based on physical characteristics.

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