Following the call by ethicists for after-birth abortions and the press explosion surrounding the ‘Euthanasia Coaster‘, new legislation from Australia is now paving the way for children of any age to consent to sterilization — without parental consent. That’s right, if a psychiatrist determines that a child under the age of 18 years is ‘sufficiently mature’, they will be sterilized without any say from the parents. Again, there is no age minimum, as long as they are ‘mature‘ enough.I would like to think that ethical shrinks would not go along with this. But shrinks are evil. I doubt that I will even hear about any shrinks objecting to this law.
The legislation, known as the ‘Draft Mental Health Bill 2011', also allows for 12-year-olds to consent to psychosurgery and electroshock. You can view the bill for yourself on the Australian Mental Health government website.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Sterilizations Without Parental Consent at Any Age