Elon Musk responded to multiple tweets on Tuesday and called for an “age limit for sterilization,” arguing that any doctor or parent who allows sterilization at a young age should “go to prison for life.”
“This is super messed up. Mature, consenting adults should do as they wish, so long as they do not harm anyone else, but this child was too young for any kind of consent,” he said in response to a report in the Post Millennial, which details a 2016 Dutch case report about an 18-year-old transgender woman who experienced multiple organ failure after a “laparoscopic intestinal vaginoplasty.”
The Tesla and Twitter CEO tweeted a link to a study from Sweden that showed “increased” suicide among “sex-reassigned persons.”
“Every child goes through an identity crisis, but leaping to a permanent solution that sterilizes them for life before they could possibly consent for themselves is wrong. Plain and simple,” Musk tweeted, adding that “death for sex-reassigned persons was higher than for controls of same birth sex, particularly death from suicide. They also had increased risk for suicide attempts and psychiatric inpatient care.”
“I repeat my statement that any parents or doctors who do this should go to prison for life,” Musk continued.
Lawmakers began to push for an age limit on social media in February.
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