Sterilization of men with intellectual disabilities

  title={Sterilization of men with intellectual disabilities},
  author={Renu Barton-Hanson},
  journal={Medical Law International},
  pages={49 - 73}
This article examines the ethical and legal issues raised by the involuntary sterilization of men with intellectual disability. It traces how, after the demise of eugenic reasoning, social policies of normalization and care in the community provided new justifications for sterilizations. It also examines how, ironically, modern arguments about promoting male sexual freedom have come to be used as a justification to sterilize. Through examination of recent cases on the sterilization of men with… 
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