Governments must provide redress for women and girls who were forcibly sterilised

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This week the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has heard about women and girls with disability being abused and actively denied their sexual and reproductive rights. Double standards still exist across the healthcare sector which expect women with disability to tolerate a level of violence in their own homes at higher rates than …

Reproductive coercion: hidden forces revisited

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 MEDIA STATEMENT 9AM AEDT WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER  REPRODUCTIVE COERCION: HIDDEN FORCES REVISITED In acknowledgement of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is today, Marie Stopes Australia has released the second edition of Hidden Forces: a white paper on reproductive coercion in Australia.     Reproductive coercion is behaviour that interferes with the autonomy of a person to make decisions about …

Reproductive Coercion: The Hidden Threat

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Reproductive Coercion is a hidden form of violence and control that can have life altering consequences. Reproductive coercion is behaviour that deliberately prevents a person from making decisions about their reproductive health. It includes: contraceptive sabotage including “stealthing” Pressuring another person into pregnancy Forcing a person to have an abortion or continue a pregnancy Forcing a person into sterilisation. The …