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Autonomy, age and sterilisation requests / Paddy McQueen

Journal of Medical Ethics, Volume: 43, Issue: 5, Pages: 310 - 313

Swansea University Author: Paddy, McQueen

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Requests for sterilisation made by young, childfree adults are often denied by doctors, even though sterilisation is legally available to individuals over the age of 18. A reason that doctors frequently give for withholding sterilisation is that the patient will later regret their decision. In this...

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ISSN: 0306-6800 1473-4257
Published: 2017
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description Requests for sterilisation made by young, childfree adults are often denied by doctors, even though sterilisation is legally available to individuals over the age of 18. A reason that doctors frequently give for withholding sterilisation is that the patient will later regret their decision. In this paper, I assess whether the possibility of future regret is a defensible reason for denying a sterilisation request. I argue that it is not. Consequently, decision-competent adults who have no desire to have children should have their requests agreed to.
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