Iceland Law Protecting Intersex Rights Removed From Bill

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A drafted law that included protection of intersex children was revised to remove those protections. Now, intersex children in Iceland may still be subjected to unnecessary genital surgeries.

 The draft law would make it easier for transgender people to change their name and gender, but a committee has been set up to draft another law for intersex children, according to Reuters. This would mean an indefinite delay, where activists worry intersex children will be vulnerable.

“These practices are rooted in disgust, that our bodies aren’t good enough, that they don’t look the right way,” Kitty Anderson, founder of Intersex Iceland, told Reuters.

Anderson also pointed out that, though Iceland is at the forefront of equal rights, the small population makes what scrutiny there is that much worse.