CalIfornia Bill Banning Surgeries on Intersex Children Delayed

Sen. Scott Wiener with community members. Photo via Scott Wiener

A bill that would ban unnecessary genital surgeries on intersex children has been shelved because doctors think medical decisions should be decided by parents.

The California bill, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, would’ve required the intersex child to be old enough to consent to a medically unnecessary procedure, according to the LA Times. But doctors said the bill was too broad and was trying to legislate medical decisions.  

“We put out ideas to address concerns raised by medical associations, but they have refused to negotiate other than to offer amendments that delete the bill,” Wiener said, according to the LA Times. “I’m committed to this bill. This is a civil rights issue for these children.” 

The bill will be voted on again in January 2020.