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'Third sex' law aims to reduce surgery

November 4th, 2013
12:19 PM ET

Traditionally a birth certificate offers two gender choices, male or female; but now in Germany, there is a third option.

As of Friday, Germany is the first country in Europe to allow parents to not specify their child's gender on birth certificates.

Supporters of the new law say this takes the pressure off parents to immediately assign a child's gender.

CNN's Jonathan Mann speaks to Dr. Annand Saggar about the reasoning behind Germany's new "third sex" law.

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