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California Bill Would Ban Infant Intersex Surgery

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Babies are sometimes born with natural variations in genitalia, or with traits that do not align with one sex.  For most parents, the response has been to assign gender to an intersex baby through surgery, very early in life. 

That practice would stop in California if a bill in the state Senate becomes law.  Senate Bill 201 would ban cosmetic surgery on intersex babies until they grow up enough to make their own decisions. 

InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth pushed for the bill's introduction.  Guests from California and Oregon visit to explain the bill's points. 

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