Skip to comments.Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval
Posted on 07/08/2013 1:03:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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Your older brother is an interesting case. I would say that whether or not his sterilization was ethical would depend on whether he was capable of giving informed consent; i.e., whether or he was capable of understanding what he was consenting to and making the choice rationally.
In the case of the inmates in the story, there is grave doubt as to whether informed consent was given, or even possible. Firstly, some have said that the operation was done against their will. Secondly, others have said they were pressured by prison authorities, which a situation under which autonomy is compromised due to the power disparity. Altogether, a very different situation from that of your brother.