Excellent article. You can download the full PDF by clicking on the title below.
Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D., Philip M. Sutton, and Dale O’Leary, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 9.1 (Spring 2009): 97–125.
Abstract. 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.
(1) SRS mutilates a healthy, non-diseased body. To perform surgery on a healthy body involves unnecessary risks; therefore, SRS violates the principle primum non nocere, “first, do no harm.”
(2) Candidates for SRS may believe that they are trapped in the bodies of the wrong sex and therefore desire or, more accurately, demand SRS; however, this belief is…
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