'The ACT government has introduced Australia's first legislation that would ban
unnecessary and irreversible medical procedures for people who are born
In an emotional speech in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, Chief Minister
Andrew Barr committed to changes he said had been too long in the making.
"Intersex people have been harmed," Mr Barr said.
"Some of the treatments they received did not meet their care needs.
"Treatments did not uphold their rights."
Intersex people — the "I" in LGBTQI+ — are born with sex characteristics, such
as genitals, gonads or chromosome patterns, that do not fit typical male or
Advocates say some intersex people are insufficiently involved in permanent
decisions about their bodies, with children often undergoing irreversible
medical procedures when they are too young to consent.
If the ACT legislation is passed, it will stop deferrable treatments on
intersex people's sex characteristics until they are old enough to take part in
Mr Barr said his government would offer a "new approach" that would seek to
prevent past harms.'
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