SOUTH CAROLINA: Parents of an adoptive child accuse the state of mutilating their son by removing his male genitalia when the child was just 16 months old and was a ward of the state. The child was born with both male and female organs.
The child’s biological mother was deemed unfit, and the biological father had abandoned him, according to the suit. So the decision of gender assignment was left to others.
‘The child, now 8 years old, feels more like a boy and “wants to be a normal boy,” said Pamela Crawford, the boy’s adoptive mother.
The child, identified in the lawsuit as “M.C.,” refuses to be called a girl and lives as a boy. His family, friends, school, religious leaders and pediatrician support his identity.
The lawsuit claims doctors at a state hospital and Department of Social Services workers “decided to remove M.C.’s healthy genital tissue and radically restructure his reproductive organs in order to make his body appear to be female.”
The suit also asks for “compensatory damages in an amount to be determined at trial.”
But the adoptive father said the real intent of the lawsuit “is just to uphold these constitutional principles — integrity of a person’s body, and some kind of due process for infants where people around them in power are considering doing surgeries like this.”’
The South Carolina Department of Social Services has made no comment on the pending litigation.
(Source: CNN) (Photo Credit: Unknown)
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