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Thank you, Southern Poverty Law Center...

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...and Federal Judge David Norton, for coming to the conclusion that sex-assignment surgery on INFANTS, and especially those who might be wards of the state, might be a bit inherently problematic. And that some calls really aren't the states' to make.

M.C. was born with an intersex condition – a difference in reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the typical definition of male or female. When he was just 16 months old and in the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services, doctors and department officials decided the child should undergo sex assignment surgery to make M.C. a girl.

The defendants made this decision even though there was no way of knowing, at such an early age, whether M.C. would grow up to be a male or female. Defendants did not even provide a hearing to determine whether the procedure was in M.C.'s best interests. M.C. has since grown into a healthy 8-year-old boy, although he will never get back the phallus and testicle that were removed.



Fifteen years later, have we learned nothing from John Money?

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