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The Age on intersex: personal stories and a call to end non-consensual genital surgeries

in AUSTRALIA, 23/06/2013

The Age newspaper printed two articles on intersex by journalist Andrew Bock on Thursday this week: It takes more than two and Call to end intersex genital operations.

The news article contains a call by OII Australia and the AIS Support Group Australia to end appearance-related genital surgeries on intersex infants. This reflects our call in submissions to the current Senate Inquiry on involuntary and coerced sterilisation.

We hope that friends, supporters and allies will join us in this call, and make support known to the senators engaged in the Inquiry, and to MPs and other decision makers. Health is also a state, as well as a Commonwealth, matter.

The second article underwent revision in its online form and, we understand, omits and rephrases much of the content originally included by the journalist. Andrew Bock had unprecedented access to intersex people through the course of the articles’ research, as well as access to current and former staff at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Some of the content in the feature article is a matter of concern.

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