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Call to end intersex genital operations

in AUSTRALIA, 07/07/2013

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.

"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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