California Bill Would Ban Unnecessary Genital Surgeries on Intersex Children

A protest for intersex rights in Chicago. Photo credit: Sarah-ji, Flickr

A bill in the California Legislature would ban cosmetic surgeries on intersex children until they are old enough to consent.

Some medical professionals say patients who have the surgeries heal better if they’re young, and not having a predetermined age of consent could raise legal issues for doctors, according to the Los Angeles Times. But while they believe it’s an “overreach,” intersex rights organizations and activists are praising the bill.

“The hypothesis is that these surgeries enhance the psychological well-being of children by ensuring they have genitals that are ‘normal,’” Julie Greenberg, author of the book “Intersexuality and the Law.” told the LA Times “But there is no study that says this does help their psychological well-being, and there are plenty of people who say it caused them harm.”

The first hearing for the bill is expected to be early this month.


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