Health and medical ethics

The Daily Telegraph: Unkindest cut for girls – by doctors

The Daily Telegraph: Unkindest cut for girls – by doctors

The Daily Telegraph reports on moves to consider female genital mutilation in Australia: Australian doctors are considering a controversial form of genital mutilation on baby girls. The practice involving cutting a girl’s genitals, sometimes with razors or pieces of glass, could be allowed in a clinical setting to stem illegal backyard procedures which are leaving…
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WPATH disorders intersex while depathologizing transgender

From the ‘Response of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health to the Proposed DSM 5 Criteria for Gender Incongruence’: (4) Adding a specifier of “with or without a Disorder of Sex Development” is an improvement over the need to use the “Not Otherwise Specified” diagnosis because individuals with intersex conditions may have a similar…
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The Guardian: “Why are US doctors allowing genital mutilation?”

The Guardian: “Why are US doctors allowing genital mutilation?”

A commentary on female genital mutilation in the US: At the end of last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics  (AAP) issued a revised policy statement on female genital mutilation (FGM) called “ritual genital cutting of female minors,” suggesting that the federal and state law in the US should permit paediatricians to offer a ritual…
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On genital surgeries

On genital surgeries

Update In 2013, the Australian Senate Community Affairs Committee published a report on the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia”. That report, and the submissions to it, reveal much about current practice. Intersex refers to atypical internal and/or external anatomical sexual characteristics, where features usually regarded as male or female may be…
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Emi Koyama at Bioethics Forum: “Why I am Suspicious of Bioethics”

Emi Koyama at Bioethics Forum: “Why I am Suspicious of Bioethics”

Although OII Australia does not favour the use of “condition” in connection with intersex; this article encapsulates the problems of intersex ‘normalization’ and especially the chemical ‘normalization’ of unborn children. I fear that the campaign to hold the main propagator of the dexamethasone treatment accountable would, if not accompanied by sustained challenges to more fundamental…
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ABC News: “Female circumcision happening in Australia”

ABC News: “Female circumcision happening in Australia”

ABC News reports that female genital mutilation is happening in Australia: “We bring imams or priests to convince them that there is nothing from both books that says you have to do circumcision to girls. So why are you doing it?” Ms Mohamud is optimistic the practice will end, but she fears migrant communities or…
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