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Professor Lynn Gillam

In a recent case in the US, a mother requested a vasectomy for her 13 year old son. He has autism and intellectual disability, and functions at the level of 4-5 year old. He had started talking about getting married and having children, and she was concerned to make sure that he could never father a child. This case will be discussed in the context of the wider ethical debate about sterilisation of children and young people, mostly young women, with intellectual disability. In this debate, concepts of bodily integrity, dignity and human rights meet with the practicalities of life for a young person with intellectual disability and their parents and carers.

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Tuesday 11th July 2017

Venue: Gibson Room, level 10, Z block, QUT Gardens Point

Time: 6:30pm – 8pm with refreshments served from 6pm

Entry is free and no RSVP required

Attendance certificates will be available for CPD purposes.


Is it ethical to sterilise an adolescent with an intellectual disability?