In one New York hospital the policies

    In one New York hospital the policies on sexual conduct are different for male and female patients. Perlin says that in this hospital, male patients are allowed to leave the facility unsupervised for community leave, and may be given condoms upon request. However, female patients had to have their ‘competency’ assessed before they could access birth control of any kind. Not only does this issue encroach upon gender issues and sexism, it also brings us back to the problem of reintegration. In this particular hospital, will the male reintegrate into society more adequately than the female when it comes to sexual relationships? And if the woman does not meet the standards for competency, even if she is competent enough to participate is sexual activities, will this increase her likelihood to have an unwanted pregnancy? The answers to these questions are unclear, but it is clear that these patients are not granted their fundamental freedoms. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has proclaimed (under sections b and c)

“Recognizing that the United Nations, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants on Human Rights, has proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, reaffirming the interrelatedness of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and needs of persons with disabilities to be guaranteed their full enjoyment without discrimination.”




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