Health and medical ethics (page 12 of 15)

For an introduction to these issues, see our page on bodily integrity

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Intersex health issues 2012 – a brief summary

Please note that this document is no longer current, nor an accurate guide to the demands of intersex advocates in Australia. It has been superseded by the Malta Declaration, a Senate committee inquiry into the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people” and the 2017 Darlington Statement.

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OII Australia and OII Aotearoa submission on the DSM-5 and SOC-7

OII Australia, together with OII Aotearoa/NZ, today released a submission [PDF] to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), regarding the draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Download our submission here [PDF]. The APA is the body that, until 1973, classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The APA currently regards gender non-conformity to…
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Comment invited on draft OII Australia submission on the SOC-7 and DSM-5

We have drafted a submission to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) 7th Standards of Care, and the APA’s draft Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition. We’d like to invite feedback on the proposed submission. We’d be grateful for any comments or thoughts by the end of Wednesday 23 May….
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“A medical condition is only as real as its definition”, Georgiann Davis on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis journal

Sociologist Georgiann Davis Ph.D. recently had published her paper on DSD in Sociology of Diagnosis, Advances in Medical Sociology, Volume 12, 155–182. The paper, “DSD is a perfectly fine term”: Reasserting Medical Authority Through a Shift in Intersex Terminology is a hugely important critique and highly recommended reading. The context Even though the diagnosis carried…
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We thank Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) for her intersex advocacy

We thank Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) for her intersex advocacy

Legal advocate for intersex people Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice – AIC has further contributed to public education about  intersex people in a recent, at-length and in-depth interview with San Francisco Bay Area radio station KPFA. The program – now available as a downloadable MP3 file – was broadcast on the Against the Grain program on Monday, March 5, 2012. Remember all…
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Lydia Guterman, Open Society Foundations: “Why Are Doctors Still Performing Genital Surgery on Infants”

Over at the Open Society Foundations Lydia Guterman asks the question “Why Are Doctors Still Performing Genital Surgery on Infants?” The answer is simple – so long as doctors, commentators, bioethicists, parents, erstwhile allies – and intersex people ourselves – believe that intersex is a “disorder”, a DSD then doctors will continue to try to…
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United Nations Committee against Torture makes historic statement on intersex, redress for intersex genital mutilation (IGM), education and more

The UN Committee against Torture sitting in Germany from October 31 to November 25 2011 has considered a German report on torture and other abuses and has produced a groundbreaking statement on intersex and torture: Intersex people 20. The Committee takes note of the information received during the dialogue that the Ethical Council has undertaken…
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British Psychological Society response to DSM-V mirrors OII’s assertions that intersex is not a disorder

British Psychological Society response to DSM-V mirrors OII’s assertions that intersex is not a disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) of the American Psychiatric Association proposes to reclassify those intersex people who reject their erroneous sex assignment at birth as mentally ill, ensuring that many intersex people will be classed as both mentally and physically disordered (that is, diseased, sick or ill). Such intersex people are to…
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Seventh day of intersex: Surgery

On the Seventh Day of Intersex we draw your attention to intersex and medical experimentation. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is, we may be thought of as being…
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Fifth day of intersex: Diagnosing intersex

On the Fifth Day of Intersex we draw your attention to intersex and one way a person might come to be intersex. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is,…
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