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Feelings, not facts, base of forced sterilisation
Clementine Ford, The Age, 8 April 2013

Morality doesn’t allow us to deny disabled women the right to bodily autonomy.

When Stella Young was four years old, she broke her leg while on a family holiday in Adelaide. For Stella and her family, such an incident wasn’t uncommon. The disability advocate and editor of ABC’s Ramp Up was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a congenital condition more commonly – and crudely – known as brittle bone disease. People with the condition typically have a deficiency of type 1 collagen. The biological consequences are bones that are more susceptible to breaks.

By the time Young turned up to have her leg set in plaster, she was thoroughly familiar with the inside of a hospital, having suffered more than 60 breaks in her short life. But this time would turn out to be a little different.

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