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Couple files groundbreaking lawsuit over child’s sexual-reassignment surgery

A South Carolina couple is suing the state for performing sexual-reassignment surgery on an intersex toddler born with both male and female reproductive organs, calling the procedure "irreversible and medically unnecessary."

The surgery was performed while the child (now aged eight, and who identifies as male) was in the state's care. The lawsuit, filed by the his adoptive parents Mark and Pam Crawford in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center, accuses the Department of Social Services and others of performing a "dangerous and mutilating surgery" to "radically restructure [the child's] reproductive organs in order to make his body appear to be female" without medical justification.

As reported by NBC News affiliate WSFA:

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