A medical paper published recently in Australia recommended prenatal screening for congenital adrenal hyperplasia female fetus's and treating them with dexamethasone to prevent "behavioral masculization" including "same sex attraction and tom boy type behaviors" (there is a much higher statistical rate of both in CAH girls).
I find this absolutely disgusting, it is incredibly homophobic and transphobic. So your little girl isn't the beauty pageant contestant/cheerleader/ballerina you were hoping for, does it really matter? No parent-to-be knows what their child will be like, but they adapt and love them anyways, they don't try to drug out who they are, or will be. This non-consensual medical intervention is little better then genital mutilation, it is the strict enforcement of gender stereotypes at the expense of the humanity, individuality and power of choice of the intersexed individual. It also contributes to the view of intersex as a pathology.
I also find the thought of prenatal testing for intersex conditions very disturbing. The strict social enforcement of gender roles, coupled with the fact that doctors treat intersex babies as social emergencies, could equal a lot more prenatal intervention, or abortions of intersex fetuses, all in the name of conformity and fear of anything different.
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