- by theguardian
- 21 Sep 2023
Forced sterilisation is not prohibited in Australia, while women with disabilities are vulnerable to family violence including being forced to have abortions or use contraception.
The Public Health Association of Australia said people with disabilities should be given disability-specific information about contraception use and managing menstruation, and should have their right to be pregnant and parent protected.
The latest statistics on forced sterilisation from the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council show there were nine forced sterilisations in 2020-21.
Frohmader said women with disabilities were put on long-acting reversible contraceptives for years or decades longer than they should be, which can lead to osteoporosis.
In January, the royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability published a report on supported decision-making, where the person with a disability has trusted advisers to help them make choices.
It proposed a framework around universal principles including dignity and risk, co-leadership and equal rights to make decisions, support and safeguards.
The committee will report in May.
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