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Parliamentary questions
28 July 2009
WRITTEN QUESTION by Elizabeth Lynne (ALDE) to the Commission

 Subject: Genital mutilation of intersex individuals in the EU

I have been alerted to the fact that there is a lack of awareness and understanding of the extent and nature of genital mutilation in cases of intersex individuals. I understand that some NGOs have concerns about the practice of non-consensual ‘normalization’ treatments being carried out on infants born with atypical sexual anatomy. The notion that such a state must be ‘corrected’ through treatment to make the individual more closely resemble one sex or the other could cloud a clear consideration of what action is in the best interests of the child. Further, non-consensual treatments can have negative effects similar to those recognised as resulting specifically from Female Genital Mutilation, such as increased risk of psychological and physical damage including haemorrhage, infection, infertility, incontinence and mental health problems, as well as specific problems related to the (supposed) particular sex of the individual in question.

Does the Commission not agree that intersex genital mutilation therefore constitutes a grave issue for child wellbeing and rights?

Does the Commission have any information on the extent and nature of the specific practice of intersex genital mutilation occurring in Europe?

Does the Commission agree that Member States need to carry out awareness-raising actions and research to improve knowledge and understanding of the effects of this phenomenon?

 OJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
OJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
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