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SENATE INQUIRY REVEALS FORCED SURGERY ON INTERSEX CHILDREN

in AUSTRALIA, 26/07/2013

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary or coerced sterilisation have revealed that ‘normalising’ surgeries on intersex children often occur without adequate consultation or follow up.

Organisation Intersex Australia (OII Australia) has told of two recent submissions by the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH) to the Senate Inquiry on Involuntary or Coerced Sterilisation, that genital “normalising” surgeries on infants, such as clitoral “reduction”, take place without adequate long term follow-up.

The report also revealed that surgeries often occur without adequate data on outcomes and without adequate data on the timing of surgery.

An earlier submission to the inquiry tabled in June by  the Victorian Health Department cites surgeries as often taking place due to “family distress”, a parent’s desire for their child to grow up to have ‘normal’ prospects in forming sexual relations and to “eliminate cultural disadvantage”.

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