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2020-07-29 CNN.com Lurie Childen's Hospital in Chicago apologizes for Intersex Surgeries

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  • 2020-07-29 CNN.com Lurie Childen's Hospital in Chicago apologizes for Intersex Surgeries

    Huge news from Lurie Children's. They have responded to the pressure we applied - starting with a protest I attended there in 2017 (shown in this CNN coverage) and recently coming to a head when a staff doctor condemned their practice of doing "normalizing" non-therapeutic surgeries on the genitals of minors - and apologized for their role in the mutilations.

    Can infant male circumcision be far behind? After all, some intersex conditions aren't always known in infancy. Cutting 1000 boys means cutting some intersex babies and some transgender kids also. Lack of a foreskin makes any gender-confirming M-to-F surgery far less worthwhile.
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    . . . the hospital said it understood its "approach was harmful and wrong" -- a reference to surgery to make genitalia appear more typically male or female.
    The hospital said: "We empathize with intersex individuals who were harmed by the treatment that they received according to the historic standard of care and we apologize and are truly sorry."

    It went on to say it was "evolving" its policies on the matter and that it would not perform such surgeries unless they were medically necessary.
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    See:
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/29/healt...tal/index.html
    -Ron Low
    [email protected]
    847 414-1692 Chicago

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    I don't see how anyone could read the article without drawing parallels to male circumcision. It's enough that it brings into question surgery on an infant's genitals, but the following paragraph could be applied word-for-word to our cause:

    Multiple human rights organizations have argued that the practice violates a person's human rights and that these surgeries can cause lifelong pain, scarring, loss of sexual function, the need for lifelong hormone replacement and maintenance surgeries, as well as psychological harm similar to that of child sexual abuse victims.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by z726 View Post
      I don't see how anyone could read the article without drawing parallels to male circumcision. It's enough that it brings into question surgery on an infant's genitals, but the following paragraph could be applied word-for-word to our cause:

      Multiple human rights organizations have argued that the practice violates a person's human rights and that these surgeries can cause lifelong pain, scarring, loss of sexual function, the need for lifelong hormone replacement and maintenance surgeries, as well as psychological harm similar to that of child sexual abuse victims.
      The lifelong hormone replacement and maintenance surgeries aren't common for typical circumcision victims, but yeah, intersex rights are an easy sell when conversing with the uninitiated, and it's a short hop over to recognizing everyone's right to the genitals they were born with.
      -Ron Low
      [email protected]
      847 414-1692 Chicago

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      • #4
        Oops... meant to say *almost* word-for-word. I usually don't go this long without noticing such mistakes.

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