Protest: Intersex Activists Demand Lurie Children’s Hospital End Medically Unnecessary Surgery
Thursday, July 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm CST.
Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave (live stream will be at fb.com/pidgeon)
Intersex activists Pidgeon Pagonis and Sean Saifa Wall of Intersex Justice Project (endintersexsurgery.org), Mo Cortez and Koomah of The Houston Intersex Society.
Protest for intersex human rights demanding Lurie Children’s Hospital change policy to become the first hospital in the United States to end unnecessary intersex surgery. #EndIntersexSurgery
Intersex children should be allowed to determine if they want surgery when they are adults.
CHICAGO 07/19: Intersex activists and allies from across the country are uniting to protest unnecessary “cosmetic” medical procedures, which the United Nations have deemed human rights violations, that are still being performed on intersex children at Lurie Children’s Sex Development Program (SDP) led by Dr. Earl Cheng.
“If our protest stops one more surgery from taking place or a parent from making a permanent and lasting decision on their child’s body, then our protest would have been successful.”-Sean Saifa Wall
Chicago’s largest LGBT center, Center on Halsted, has endorsed a moratorium on medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex kids. Human Rights Watch, the World Health Organization, Amnesty International, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, every major LGBT legal organization in the US, three former US surgeons general, American Medical Association Board of Trustees, the AIS-DSD support group for intersex people and their families, and intersex-led organizations around the world have called for an end to medically unnecessary non-consensual surgeries on intersex kids.
“We aim to bring attention to Lurie Children’s Hospital’s ongoing practice of medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children’s bodies. These surgeries are damaging; resulting in the theft of body autonomy, forced sterilization, and subsequent trauma into adulthood.”-Koomah
Lurie Children’s continues to advertise medically unnecessary intersex surgeries on their website. We’re demanding the SDP become a leader in the nation by instituting an immediate ban on all medically unnecessary genital and gonadal surgeries on intersex children.