In 2013, in a first of its kind lawsuit, Greenville, S.C., residents Pam and Mark Crawford decided to sue the doctors who gave their adopted son sex assignment surgery while in foster care. MC, who had been deemed a female by doctors, had surgery at 16 months to “correct” his status as intersex (having both male and female genitalia), but is struggling with this assigned identity now at 10 years old. His parents are grieving that such a decision was made for him before he was able to make it himself.
Sources and more information
- Parents Sue Over Toddler’s Sex Surgery, Newser Editors and Wire Services, May 15, 2013.
- Parents Sue Doctors For Deciding Their Kid Is A Girl, msn pregnancyparenting.
- DES studies on gender identity and psychological health.