Spain debates bill to scrap forced sterilisation of disabled people – Euronews

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Cristina Paredero was 18 when she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.

The diagnosis came as a relief to the young woman, who had been struggling for years to pinpoint the causes of her difficulties. But it was a shock to her parents, who misunderstood its meaning.

From then on, they stopped trusting their daughter’s ability to fend for herself and decided it was best she underwent a sterilisation process.

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