Many disabled individuals are falling victim to a large, horrifying system that prevents them from making decisions about their lives. The National Women’s Law Center, a pro-abortion organization, has revealed that sterilization is still legal in over 30 states in the U.S.

According to the report, these states, plus Washington D.C., allow people to be forcibly sterilized. There are also 17 states that allow forced sterilization on disabled children, and only three explicitly prohibit such procedures on disabled children. Meanwhile, 11 states plus Washington, D.C., do not have specific language regarding minors.

This sterilization procedure is most often used on people with disabilities, especially those who are also people of color. While some parents or guardians are complicit in these procedures, it is not always the case. In some instances, the person being sterilized isn’t always told what has been done to them until later.

Forced sterilization laws are not an aberration. They are part of a larger, horrifying system that prevents disabled people from making decisions about their lives, families and futures.

“These laws are part of a long history of state-sanctioned sterilizations and are rooted in false, paternalistic assumptions about disabled people. No judge, guardian, or politician should have the right to take away anyone’s fundamental right to decide whether to have children. It’s long overdue to fully transform this ruthless system.”

Evil system takes advantage of children and persons with disability

One case is that of Linda Kay Sparkman, a person with intellectual disability. The teen’s mother asked a judge for permission for Linda to get sterilized, which the judge agreed to. However, nobody told Sparkman about the procedure, until she decided to try to get pregnant years later. 

Another case is of a girl named Ashley, whose parents successfully sought to have her sterilized at only six years old, through hysterectomy. Her parents did not want her to grow breasts or get taller, so doctors performed an operation to ensure that her breasts won’t grow. They also put her on hormones so that she will remain small, like a child.

Ashley was not the only child to have suffered through this. Other children have also undergone the same treatment, which has caused the ire of a disability rights advocacy group. In a statement, the group called Not Dead Yet, condemned what is now known as the Ashley Treatment, which has largely received positive feedback.

Not Dead Yet founder, Diane Coleman, said: “We are saddened but not surprised by the fact that this was publicized and met with a great deal of public approval. The public is willing to sanction the murders of disabled children by their parents, so it’s hardly surprising they would rush to the support of parents and their medical partners in a matter like this.”

Colemans also said that despite striving for diversity in their membership, ethics committees have historically excluded representation from the disability community, about whom they are making these life and death decisions.

It is not only those with disabilities who have been forcibly sterilized, either. Prison inmates suffered the same situation in 2021 in states like California and Tennessee. Over a thousand female inmates in California alone were sterilized under false pretenses. Doctors reportedly believed that it was better to sterilize these inmates while they are in prison so that when they leave, they will be unable to have children, who will also likely end up on welfare.

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