"The off-label intervention ... aims only at sex normalization".
August 5, 2012 7:04 PM Subscribe
posted by mhoye (73 comments total)
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From the Northwestern University press release
: A new paper just published
in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
uses extensive Freedom of Information Act findings to detail an extremely troubling off-label medical intervention employed in the U.S. on pregnant women to intentionally engineer the development of their fetuses for sex normalization purposes.
The new report provides clear evidence that:
- [...] Clinician proponents of the intervention have been interested in whether the intervention can reduce rates of tomboyism, lesbianism and bisexuality, characteristics they have termed "behavioral masculinization."
- The National Institutes of Health has funded research to see if these attempts to prevent "behavioral masculinization" with prenatal dexamethasone are "successful."
- The United States’ systems designed to prevent another tragedy like DES and thalidomide -- involving de facto experimentation on pregnant women and their fetuses -- appear to be broken and ineffectual.