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Michael Gill

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816682973

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816682973.001.0001

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Reproductive Intrusions

Reproductive Intrusions

The Fight against Forced Sterilization

Chapter:
(p.105) 4 Reproductive Intrusions
Source:
Already Doing It
Author(s):

Michael Gill

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816682973.003.0005

This chapter investigates a recent court case in Illinois where a young adult woman with an intellectual disability petitioned the court to stop an involuntary sterilization procedure. The court ruled that permanent sterilization would cause psychological damage to the young woman even though the court was convinced she did not have the capacity to parent. Activists emboldened by the court case petitioned the State Legislature and Governor to pass a law preventing involuntary sterilization.

Keywords:   Disability, Sexuality, Intellectual Disability, Disability Studies, Sexual Ableism, Feminist Disability Studies, Reproductive Justice

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