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Submission to the Senate Inquiry on involuntary sterilisation of people with disabilities

in AUSTRALIA, 27/02/2013

The federal Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia, and now also including the sterilisation and sexual health of intersex people.

The terms of reference for the inquiry were updated on 15 February to include:

2. Current practices and policies relating to the involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people, including:
(a) sexual health and reproductive issues; and
(b) the impacts on intersex people.

Our submission has now been published and is available here (PDF, direct download).

In our submission we note that:

Intersex people are medicalised, stigmatised and suffer discrimination due to our distinctive biological characteristics. Intersex variations affect perceptions of our realness as men or women, and society still generally requires people to live and identify as male or female. As a result, intersex bodies do not meet societal expectations and intersex people experience homophobia and prejudice. Cultural, familial and medical attitudes towards our differences from sex norms govern which sex we are assigned, and what surgical and other medical interventions will be made to ensure we conform to those norms. Medical interventions seek to erase intersex differences.

We also note that members of OII have experienced non-consensual medical intervention.

Members of OII Australia have a range of medical diagnoses, including Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, 47, XXY (often diagnosed as Klinefelter Syndrome), Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, and other related conditions.

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