The parents of an adopted, eight year old child, who is identified only as “M.C.,” filed suit against the State of South Carolina recently. M.C. was born with both male and female reproductive organs. While MC was in the state’s custody, the state arranged for gender-reassignment surgery (which included removal of the child’s male genital organs). MC was raised as a female. However, M.C. now identifies as male. The complaint alleges that the decision to remove M.C.’s male reproductive organs was never brought before a judge. The doctors and hospital involved filed a motion to dismiss. Their motion was denied. The parents hope that the lawsuit will be a “wake-up call” for authorities in charge of children in state care.
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