This case concerned an application to VCAT by the parents of an intellectually disabled woman for VCAT's consent to perform a tubal ligation as a form of permanent contraception. VCAT was not satisfied that there was a therapeutic basis for the procedure or that tubal ligation was the least restrictive option for preventing pregnancy. The application was rejected. VCAT noted that preventing a person from becoming a parent administering such a procedure without their full and informed consent represents a denial of their fundamental human rights.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015