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First intersex minor surgery ban bill introduced in Iowa Legislature

Des Moines (KWWL) — On Monday, a representative introduced the first intersex minor surgery ban bill to the Iowa Legislature.

The bill was introduced by Representative Liz Bennett.

HF 576 would ban medically unnecessary surgeries for intersex minors.

One Iowa Action Executive Director, Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, released a statement thanking Representative Bennett for introducing the bill. His full statement is below.

Thank you, Rep. Liz Bennett, for working with One Iowa Action staff to draft and introduce this groundbreaking piece of legislation. Doctors in the United States, including in Iowa, continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent physical and psychological harm on intersex children according to a 2017 report from Human Rights Watch and interACT

 The Iowa Legislature has the power to stop this practice in our state, and we urge Iowans to encourage their legislators to support HF 576. Iowa has a legacy of leading the nation on equality, and we could continue that legacy by becoming the first state to ban these unnecessary and harmful surgeries.

One Iowa Action works to preserve and advance the rights of LGBTQ Iowans.

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