Forced Sterilization of Disabled People in the United States

Jan 24, 2022
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Disabled people have fought to make their own decisions about their bodies. But many laws still take that decision away. These include laws about sterilization. 

Sterilization is an operation that stops someone from ever having babies. In many states, laws say that doctors can sterilize disabled people against their will. This is called forced sterilization. 

Most states allow forced sterilization today. Laws allowing forced sterilization exist in 31 states plus Washington, D.C. 

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