the United Nations condemned normalising surgeries on children with intersex variations in a Special Report on torture as cruel, inhuman and degrading. As the availability of genetic screening of embryos increases, we can expect variations like 5-alpha-reductase deficiency to gradually disappear from the gene pool.I have to wonder why we are choosing to go down this path, which, to me, is not unlike the future as described in the 1997 science fiction film “Gattaca”.If the file has been modified from its original state, some details may not fully reflect the modified file. Craig, My question concerns those in the intersexed community.So I've asked one of our Reasonable Faith volunteers who has done some thinking in this area to address your question.I think you'll find his response below to be both interesting and illuminating.
Intersex advocacy and activism has meant that many medical practitioners and hospitals have reviewed their protocols with regards to interventions and have even led to some countries adopting a moratorium on infant genital surgeries.
In some countries, documented in parts of Africa and Asia, this may include infanticide, abandonment and the stigmatization of families.
Globally, some intersex infants and children, such as those with ambiguous outer genitalia, are surgically or hormonally altered to create more socially acceptable sex characteristics.
I had to hide who I was from others, and was constantly terrified of being excluded for the monster and freak I had come to believe I was.
In my own life, I’ve been healthy and physically active; I have been able to get an education, form intimate relationships and a family, and contribute to my community.