The Medical Community's Approach to Intersex People is still Primarily Focused on 'normalising' Surgeries
Last week, details of a decision by the Family Court to approve gender assignment surgery on a five-year-old intersex child were released to the public. The decision highlights a largely unnoticed human rights issue in Australia—the forced surgeries and sterilisations of intersex people. As an infant, ‘Carla’, who is genetically male but was born with genitals that "resembled that of a female", underwent surgery to “enhance the appearance of her female genitals”. Now five, Carla’s parents went to the Family Court to approve the more complex surgery of removing the child's internal gonads.
December 15 / SBS