A bill that would have banned unnecessary cosmetic surgeries on intersex babies has failed a key vote in California, though the activists insist that it is a medically unnecessary procedure that causes a permanent harm. However, these surgeries are still commonly performed despite the United Nations and Human Rights Watch classing them as a human rights violation. California was the only USA state attempting to ban it, but it failed. “I’m very disappointed that the committee voted down this civil rights bill,” the bill’s author, state senator Scott Wiener, said in response. “Intersex people deserve legal protection, and we are committed to ensuring that protection under California law.” He added rthat the battle is not over. The bill was opposed by the committee’s chairman, state senator Steve Glazer, who said he believed it was moving “in the right direction,” but it requires to be rewritten.