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Child abuse according to Slate: When the doctor announces “It’s a boy!” because…it’s a boy

June 26, 2014

Top comment on this one: “Slate, as hard as I’m trying, I still can’t find the link to the original Onion article.”

Obstetricians, doctors, and midwives commit this procedure on infants every single day, in every single country. In reality, this treatment is performed almost universally without even asking for the parents’ consent, making this practice all the more insidious. It’s called infant gender assignment: When the doctor holds your child up to the harsh light of the delivery room, looks between its legs, and declares his opinion: It’s a boy or a girl, based on nothing more than a cursory assessment of your offspring’s genitals.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Heidi permalink

    I loved this article; for once, the comments were nearly all better than the article itself. It provided a rare moment of unity as Slate readers from left, right, and way-left joined together in some well-deserved mockery.

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