When a mother steals her daughter’s right to parent with a forced hysterectomy

Chanelle McKenna was a typical 11-year-old girl.

She loved reading and listening to pop music. She enjoyed school, had always been very academic, and when she grew up she wanted to be a solicitor.

Since she was a baby, she’s had cerebral palsy.

It was at age 11 her mother agreed, in unison with medical professionals and school staff, that she should be involuntarily sterilised. She was taken without her consent to a hospital and a forced hysterectomy was performed. Chanelle’s choice to parent was forever stolen.

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Human Rights, Social Justice, Case Studies

Eliza Hull

ABC Life

Date published:
Mon 26th Nov, 2018