Calif. Floats Ban On Intersex Surgery For Minors, Doctors Balk

Law360 (February 19, 2019, 1:55 PM EST) -- A bill recently introduced in the California Senate could be the first in the nation to ban medically unnecessary surgery on intersex children and infants without their consent, but medical groups are coming out in strong opposition to the proposed law, calling it a legislative overreach.

California Senate Bill 201, introduced Jan. 31 by Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco and parts of San Mateo County, would ban doctors from performing cosmetic, medically unnecessary surgery on intersex minors if it can be postponed until the minor can give their informed consent.

The term "intersex" refers to individuals with...

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