Protecting Intersex Youth in Rhode Island
Update March 24, 2021: The committee recommended this bill be held for further study.
The Rhode Island Intersex Youth Protection Act (S 593) is an important human rights measure protecting children born with variations in their sex characteristics. The bill prohibits certain genital surgeries on children under the age of 12 who are born with variations in their sex characteristics unless surgery is required to address an immediate risk of physical harm. Passing S 593 is a key step in ensuring the long-term health and emotional well-being of children born with variations in their physical sex characteristics and their families.