A leading rights group turned to the U.S. government to ban once and for all surgical interventions on children born with ambiguous characteristics of their sex. Such cases are called intersex children who develop in the womb several sex variations at the same time such as sex hormones, gonads, chromosomes or genitals. According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, these traits do not align with the usual expectations for female or male bodies.
Rights Groups Oppose Surgery on Intersex Children as They Can Develop Strong Traumas for Their Entire Life
Across the globe, parents have the freedom to decide intersex surgeries on their infants or children who are too young to have a say in this. However, this practice has gained enough negative criticism to feature on the agenda of numerous rights groups under immoral practices.
On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch and InterACT group made public a complex report on why the Congress should ban such surgical interventions on underage humans. One of the findings of the paper indicates that the results of such practices are almost always catastrophic. In the end, patients can develop deep psychological and physical wounds with which they have to battle their entire life.
One of the worst scenarios is when parents have to decide which sex to assign to their offspring. Therefore, the intersex children might live with one identity only to realize that they belong to the other sex. This is an extremely traumatizing experience.
Numerous Health Professionals Are Also Condemning Such Surgical Interventions
Statistics indicate that one in 2,000 newborns appear with unclear sex developments. So far, surgeons were free to propose interventions as solutions. However, numerous voices started to condemn this practice. Two years ago, Malta became the first country that banned them for good.
The report from Human Rights Watch/ InterACT is the first comprehensive paper to bring extensive argumentations as to why the U.S. should forbid such surgeries at an early age. Their study contains interviews with 21 health professionals. All of them agree that this practice on intersex children should stop altogether. However, none of their medical institutions has actually taken a stand against them.
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