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Hearts not parts.
This past Saturday on October 27th, the Intersex Justice Project (IJP) in collaboration with Voices4, held a protest and march at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. The protest came a day after Intersex Awareness Day, which marks the date of the first public protest in the United States by intersex individuals in Boston outside an American Academy of Pediatrics meeting in 1996. The protest also comes several days after the leak of a memo put forward by the Trump administration that attacks the lives of trans and intersex people.
In addition to protesting the Memo, marchers were protesting the unnecessary surgeries taken upon intersex youth. One of the co-founders of IJP, Pidgeon Pagonis, explained, "Medical students take the Hippocratic oath which states 'first do no harm.' However, in hospitals all around the country, physicians are willfully ignoring this oath when they encounter an intersex child. As we protest hospitals to demand an end to unnecessary surgeries, we recognize that we must also reach student physicians where the learning happens."
Scroll through to see images of the protest.