A 25-year-old Georgia (U.S.A.) woman, Rebeccah Feldhaus, who wanted to be a man and had changed her name to Rowan, has died of sepsis after undergoing a hysterectomy*. A risk that must be considered before undergoing sex reassignment hysterectomy with a complete information of the major surgery and irreversible sterilization the procedure includes. Regardless of the medical verdict that this conduct merits, which led to her death, from an ethical point of view, Rebecca Feldhaus’s decision presents all the ethical problems that accompany sex reassignemet surgey.
- What Is a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. The uterus, also known as the womb, is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. The uterine lining is the source of menstrual blood.