Voluntary Sterilization A Viable Alternative?

  • Ruth Macklin
  • Willard Gaylin
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)


To do something voluntarily is to undertake it of one’s own accord and by free choice, without being compelled or obligated to make that choice. In deciding to be sterilized, the individual must make that decision freely if it is to be considered voluntary. But since sterilization is something that is done to one, the individual must not only freely decide that he or she wishes it to be done, but also, in legal terms, give his or her consent that it be done.


Committee Review Legal Term Competent Person Valid Consent Malpractice Suit 
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© The Hastings Center 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Macklin
    • 1
  • Willard Gaylin
    • 2
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.The Hastings CenterHastings-on-HudsonUSA

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