My name is [NAME] and I am a resident of [NEIGHBORHOOD/CITY]. I am extremely concerned with the continuation of the discriminatory and harmful medical practices taking place at Lurie Children’s hospital against intersex children, and to demand an end to these procedures which have been deemed a form of torture by the United Nations and condemned by Physicians for Human Rights and the World Health Organization, The GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, and many other human rights organizations. I am therefore writing to demand that the following:
1. Public Apology - Apologize for the irreversible harmful surgeries that have been done on intersex people without their consent.
2. End Intersex Surgery - Stop performing medically unnecessary 'cosmetic' procedures on intersex children, such as surgeries meant to change the appearance or sexual function of an infant's genitals, e.g. clitoral reductions, removal of functional testes, and vaginoplasties. Such surgeries should be delayed and only done with the full informed consent of the intersex patient. In the meantime, Lurie’s SDP staff (and all clinicians who see intersex kids) need to attend a sensitivity training created and facilitated BY intersex people we sign off on. Also, clinicians must begin offering a written resource, decided upon by folks in the #EndIntersexSurgery campaign, to all parents considering surgery.
3. Reparations - Provide free medical care that does not position intersex variations as problems to be fixed. This includes providing hormones and psychological support for intersex young people and their parents.
Please end these medically unnecessary procedures on intersex children now!
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