Intersex children should be allowed informed consent on surgeries, ABA House says

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02/06/2023

A resolution asking medical professionals to obtain consent from minors with intersex traits before doing medical or surgical intervention was approved Monday by the ABA House of Delegates at the association’s midyear meeting. Resolution 511 was brought by four ABA entities—the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, the Center for Human Rights, the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice and the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Most intersex surgeries are performed on children under the age of 2, according to the resolution’s report. The report also says people with intersex traits have been pressured to have surgery or receive treatments. Some youth would like medical intervention, but others who had it experienced trauma as a result of the choices that were made for them, according to the report.

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