Parents plead for sterilisation

Submissions from parents and carers to the inquiry into forced sterilisation of people with disabilities document their daughters’ struggles with dysmenorrhoea and hygiene and their fears about pregnancy and abuse.

Consultant endocrinologist Professor John Carter, AO, who has a 31-year-old daughter with a moderately severe intellectual disability, said hormonal contraceptives did not guarantee cessation of menstruation and carried their own medical risks, such as endometrial and breast cancer and osteoporosis.

Legislation made it extremely difficult for a woman’s carers to obtain permission for

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