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The Psychopathology of “Sex Reassignment” Surgery

Dr Richard P. Fitzgibbons MDPhilip M. SuttonDale O’Leary

« Is it ethical to perform a surgery whose purpose is to make a male look like a female or a female to appear male? Is it medically appropriate? Sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) violates basic medical and ethical principles and is therefore not ethically or medically appropriate » write Fitzgibbons et al. (National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 9.1 (Spring 2009): 97–125.)

They note that gender reassignment surgery « mutilates a healthy, non-diseased body », and question whether this violates the principle of « do no harm ».

Their article examines questions of disordered perception of self, lack of secure attachment relationships, gender identity disorder, body image issues, addiction to masturbation / fantasy, anger, and parental psychopathology.

They conclude that « SRS does not accomplish what it claims to accomplish. It does not change a person’s sex; therefore, it provides no true benefit. »

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