Respect for dignity and rights - reflecting on the involuntary sterilisation of people with Disabilities
Based on consultation with member organisations that provide care and support for people with a disability and their families, and with people whose family lives include experience of caring for family members with a disability, Catholic Social Services Victoria recently contributed to an inquiry by the Community Affairs Committee of the Australian Senate is currently inquiring into the involuntary sterilisation of people with disabilities. This is a complex issue, but international human rights instruments and Catholic Social Teaching both support a ban on medical procedures done without the informed consent of the person affected, where there is no medical indication of the need for the procedure. Click here
for an article that provides detail of the submission.