© 2011, Maggi Colene Hume
In this paper, I argue that in cases in which competent adult patients have been suffering from long-term gender identity disorders which interfere with their everyday life functions, gender reassignment surgery is a morally permissible treatment option. Though many argue that it is morally impermissible to allow the use of surgery for such non-medical things as reassigning gender, I argue that the use of surgery for reassigning gender is morally permissible on the basis of Kantian autonomy and Utilitarian reasoning. In this paper, I will further discuss my argument, as well as the primary objections to the argument and my replies to those objections.
Hume, Maggi Colene (2011) "Sex, Lies, and Surgery: The Ethics of Gender Reassignment Surgery," Res Cogitans: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 5.