Australia: Sterilisation of people with disabilities

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Sterilisation of people with disabilities: The Senate report

Thursday 18 July 2013 9:05AM

Image: Guardians of people with severe intellectual disabilities seek sterilisations procedures overseas to bypass Australian laws. (E+/Getty Images)

Most Australians, with the support of a doctor, are able to make an informed choice about having a vasectomy or tubal ligation. But if you have a significant intellectual disability, someone—a parent or guardian—can decide this for you. Concerns have been raised surrounding the legality of these procedures, particularly when guardians travel overseas for sterilisation operations to bypass legal requirements here. In 2012, a Senate Inquiry was launched to look at the issue of involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities. Seven months on, the Senate committee has released its report.

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Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia

17 July 2013

© Commonwealth of Australia 2013
ISBN 978-1-74229-897-9

The Committee will present a second report on sterilisation of intersex people.

View the report as a single document – (PDF 1199KB)


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