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Category Archives: Biomedical Ethics

Another great article questions “fixing” intersex children

We are thrilled to see more and more public attention and scrutiny of the human rights violation that intersex children are routinely subjected to, in the form of having their genitals cut without their request or consent, which we call Intersex Genital Mutialtion/IGM. Read here: http://www.liberalamerica.org/2014/07/11/growing-pushback-against-surgically-fixing-intersex-children/ Continue Reading

The Atlantic questions “fixing’ intersex children

This piece examines the practice of surgically attempting to “fix” intersex babies and minors — a.k.a. intersex genital mutiltion/IGM – and the current legal case of the rawford family, who is suing the doctors who operated on their intersex son before they adopted him, and the state of South Carolina (his legal guardians at the… Continue Reading

Council of Europe’s statement on intersex people’s need for equal rights!

In recognition of the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17th, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights has released the statement, A boy or a girl or a person — intersex people lack recognition in Europe. The statement examines the intense difficulties and human rights abuses  — such as “normalizing”… Continue Reading

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum: Community Consensus

Public Statement by the Third International Intersex Forum: Community Consensus

Between November 29th and December 1st 2013, the Third International Intersex Forum, supported by ILGA and ILGA-Europe, took place in Valletta, Malta. This event brought together 34 activists representing 30 intersex organisations from all continents. The Forum was organized by ILGA Europe’s Silvan Agius and Ruth Baldacchino, and three intersex activists selected from an open… Continue Reading

OII Australia’s Morgan Carpenter published in ABC’s The Drum regarding groundbreaking Australian Senate’s statement on medical treatment of intersex children

OII Australia President Morgan Carpenter’s essay, “It’s Time to Defend Intersex Rights”, explores why “normalizing” surgeries on intersex babies and children must end, and the recent Australian Senate report “Involuntary or coerced sterilization of intersex people in Australia”. Note, this groundbreaking report is based directly on submissions by OII Australia. To read more about the… Continue Reading

Our submission to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

We thank the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their inclusion of  intersex people in their Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on the Health and Health Research Needs, Specific Health Issues and Concerns for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Populations.  You can read our submission here: NIH Submission Continue Reading

Europe adopts historic resolution on children’s right to physical integrity!

Europe adopts historic resolution on children’s right to physical integrity!

The Council of Europe is an an international organization which focuses on promoting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe, and is comprised of 47 member nations. On October 1st, 2013, it adopted a resolution on the protection of children’s rights to physical integrity which included intersex people. The Council of Europe’s Resolution 1952, “Childen’s right… Continue Reading

Viloria in The Advocate on “Why We Need to Protect Intersex Babies”

We’re very pleased that The Advocate has shown a continuing interest in educating its many readers on intersex issues!  The essay not only educates regarding the discrimination and harm involved in non-medically necessary cosmetic genital surgery and sex reassignment of intersex babies (a.k.a. “Intersex Genital Mutilation”/IGM), but helps people understand and make important decisions about… Continue Reading

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