The Fight against Forced Sterilization
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.
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