The Fifth World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights (Halifax Resolutions, http://www.lawrights.asn.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76&Itemid=109, August 2009) adopted a resolution endorsing a new set of ethical guidelines for the management of infants and children with disorders of sex development (DSD) (Halifax Resolutions, http://www.lawrights.asn.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76&Itemid=109, 2009), based on the ethical principles developed by our group. In this chapter, we outline these principles and explain their basis. The principles are intended as an ethical foundation for treatment decisions for DSD, especially regarding type and timing of genital surgery for infants and young children. These principles were formulated by an analytic review of clinician’s reasoning in particular cases, in relation to established principles of bioethics, in a process consistent with the Rawlsian concept of reflective equilibrium as the method for building ethical theory.
|Title of host publication||Disorders of Sex Development: An Integrated Approach to Management|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|