Sterilization of men with intellectual disabilities: whose best interest is it anyway?

Barton-Hanson, Renu (2015) Sterilization of men with intellectual disabilities: whose best interest is it anyway? Medical Law International, 15 (1). pp. 49-73. ISSN 0968-5332 (doi:10.1177/0968533215592444)

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Abstract

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 intellectual disabilities, this article explores the legal framework of the ‘best interests’ test and the ‘least restrictive alternative’ provisions in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and argues that sterilization is usually unnecessary, disproportionate and not the least restrictive option. It also argues that the least restrictive alternative provisions contained in the 2005 Act need to be more rigorously applied.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print on 29 June 2015
Keywords (uncontrolled): Male sterilization, involuntary sterilization, intellectually disabled, best interests, least restrictive alternative
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 17519
Notes on copyright: Barton-Hanson, R. (2015). Sterilization of men with intellectual disabilities: Whose best interest is it anyway? Medical Law International, 15(1), 49–73. Copyright © The Author(s) 2015. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0968533215592444. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Depositing User: Renu Barton-Hanson
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2015 10:45
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 20:38
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17519

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