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California stalls bill banning intersex surgery for children

California State Capitol in Sacramento, California
Posted at 2:45 PM, Apr 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 17:45:09-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — First-of-its-kind California legislation to ban some medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children has stalled for the third straight year.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, said Monday that proposed amendments would have defeated the purpose. He wants to bar certain types of surgeries on children born with intersex characteristics. That’s when their genitalia, chromosomes or reproductive organs don’t fit typical definitions for male or female bodies.

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