The Push to Ban Intersex Medical Intervention

Lane Palmer


Urol Nurs. 2019;39(3):147-149. 

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Over the last few years, transgender activism has successfully ridden on the coattails of the gay rights movement and their hard-fought victories. Public attitudes toward homosexuality have rapidly changed, and opinions and behaviors that once denigrated and persecuted those in the gay community are now rightfully seen as abhorrent. Many well-meaning individuals have become convinced that the fight for transgender rights is commensurate, and there has been a tendency toward blanket acceptance without nuanced understanding. Unfortunately, this has led to the exploitation of many within the medical intersex community who feel their issues are not being properly articulated, and who feel as if their identity and medical condition have been politicized for the purposes of a movement that does not represent them.

California has historically been one of the most progressive states in our country, and many Californians rightfully see themselves as the vanguards of social progress. However, this legislation is anti-medicine, anti-patient, anti-doctor, anti-child, and anti-choice. There is absolutely nothing moral, righteous, or just about what this legislation would do. I have no doubt that activists in favor of such legislation seek what's in the best interest of the intersex community, but this is not the way to do it.