Historic Bill Aims to Protect Intersex Iowans

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A first-of-its-kind bill was introduced at the Iowa Legislature. It aims to protect Iowans born with an intersex condition.

The bill prevents doctors from performing non-medically necessary surgeries on intersex minors who cannot give consent.

Nationwide, intersex people make up one percent of the population.

“Some people are born, and you can immediately tell that their genitalia do not necessarily fit with what we consider to be male on the one side or female on the other side,” Rep. Liz Bennett of Cedar Rapids said. “These types of surgeries can impact a person for their entire life. They can be psychologically harmful. They can be physically harmful."

There is no word yet if the bill will be heard in the House subcommittee.

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