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Call to end intersex genital operations

Advocacy groups have called for an end to genital surgery on infants with intersex conditions, saying many operations are not medically necessary and are performed to reinforce a particular gender.

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7th July 2013 12:11

Alessia Valenza

"No genital surgery is life-preserving,” says Gina Wilson, president of Organisation Intersex International in Australia. ”It’s cosmetic and normalising.”

In a submission to a recent Senate inquiry the organisation compared such surgery to ‘infant genital mutilation.’

Ms Wilson said surgeons should wait until a child reached an age of informed consent. The term intersex refers to people with genetic, hormonal or genital features that are not completely male or female, or a mixture of both.

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