(photo credit: Southern Poverty Law Center)
AIC (our parent org) has just successfully filed the first ever lawsuit in defense of a child with an intersex condition. The lawsuit charges that it was a violation of the Constitution when South Carolina doctors working for the state removed the healthy genital tissue of M.C., attempting to surgically make him a girl.
In partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center and our pro bono firm partners Steptoe & Johnson, LLP; and Janet, Jenner & Suggs, the lawsuit has been filed in both state and federal courts against South Carolina Department of Social Services, Greenville Hospital System, Medical University of South Carolina and individual employees for performing an irreversible and medically unnecessary surgery on a 16-month-old child in the state’s care at the time of the surgery. This lawsuit was filed on behalf of M.C., now eight years old, by his adoptive parents, Mark and Pam Crawford.
After laying the groundwork for more than six years and developing this case over the past two, this is a landmark triumph for AIC and, above all else, M.C. and the other vulnerable children like him. No other individual or organization before AIC has ever pursued an impact litigation agenda specific to defending children with intersex conditions/DSD: the historic significance of this lawsuit and the opportunity to broadly influence legal protections is unprecedented.
Thanks to you we’re in a prime position to pursue this lawsuit as the powerful civil rights authority that AIC has become. As with all of us at AIC, I know this news will likely evoke strong emotions. Please know that you are joined by a community of others who are also committed to compassion and justice for M.C., his parents, and all our special children.
We will have more information for you soon—please check back for further details and how you can help.
Visit AIC’s website to read the complete public statement.
Click to hear an audio interview with the Crawford parent’s from the Southern Poverty Law Center http://www.splcenter.org/