A Russian mother is fighting a battle in court after her adopted kids were stripped away from her by local authorities. The adopting mother, Yulia Savinovskikh said she had breast surgery because her large breasts were affecting her health and well-being. Right before having the breast surgery, Yulia said she wrote a blog where she pretended she was a man.
Her two adopted children were taken away from her in August of 2017. The court said that because she identified as being a man in her blog post before the surgery, she had no right to be an adoptive parent of the kids anymore. It is important to point out that the kids that Yulia Savinovskikh adopted were from an orphanage. They are also mentally ill.
The Russian district court in Yekaterinburg said that Mrs. Savinovskikh could no longer play the role of a mother and that she goes against what is considered normal in Russian society. The court in Yekaterinburg also said that she is violating family law principles in the country. This is a clear form of discrimination.
Yulia Savinovskikh has three older children which she has given birth and raised. She also says that her kids call her mum like any other child would call their mother. Savinovskikh has also added that she is not taking any hormones or undergoing a penis reconstruction surgery to make her more manly. She is also not changing her gender on her documents and will contain to be listed as a female. Savinovskikh is also married to a man who is her husband and was supportive of her breast surgery.
Mrs. Savinovskikh’s struggle to win back custody of her adopted kids who are only a few years old and are mentally ill is emblematic of a larger problem when it comes to adoption in Russia. Many parents who are homosexual or transgender face discrimination when adopting kids. Homosexuals and transgender people are also discriminated against and face persecution in Russia. Instead of focusing on giving these kids a happy and loving home by people that want to adopt them, the Russian courts are attacking their supposed sexuality and lifestyle. This is wrong and needs to change.