Quick hit, because spoons are low, but I don’t see this being discussed anywhere:
There are reports that 12-year-old girls with disabilities in rural/remote Aboriginal communities are having implants placed with questionable or non-existent consent procedures, and minimal discussion of the perpetrators of their rapes.
ANNIE GUEST: Jan Stuckey is from the Queensland Opposition. She’s told ABC Radio four girls have implants at Woorabinda Aboriginal Community, south west of Rockhampton in central Queensland.
JAN STUCKEY: One child was simply taken off to have it put in. Others were showing off, rolling up their sleeves in a Year Eight class saying “Look, look, miss, look what we’ve got”.
ANNIE GUEST: Health authorities have confirmed they are injecting under-age girls with contraceptives.
JAN STUCKEY: I’d like to say that this is not a common practice and it is only ever done in a situation where the individual is known to be having unsafe sex and is also not in a position to be responding to counselling and not in a position to make good decisions for themselves.
[h/t to Cara at Feministe for reminding me that I was going to post this, with her post on disability and reproductive justice.]
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