Human sterilization surgery and Argentinian law: biomedical, legal and ethical aspects

  • Sergio Cecchetto Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Patricia Urbandt
  • María Carla Bostiancic Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina

Abstract

Argentine's congress recently dictated the 26.130-2006 law about the procedure for sterilization surgery interventions in men and women. This work offers a review of the legal situation in Argentine and in the world. It points out critical observations to its items, highlighting the right to access to other non surgical contraceptive methods; the advisability for the interested sexual partner to know which decision was taken; the need to determine the competence of candidates prior to surgical intervention stated by an interdisciplinary professional team; the duty to regulate the special situation of legally incompetent persons; the importance of establishing an adequate time between the information and the patient's consent; to prevent sterilization to become the only medical practice paid by the public health system, social security organizations and prepaid medical entities; and to be careful about the reach and nature of conscientious objection in each specific circumstance.

Author Biographies

Doctor en Filosofía. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina

Patricia Urbandt

Médico. Comité de Bioética de los Hospitales Interzonales General de Agudos “Dr. Oscar Alende” y Especializado Materno-Infantil “Victorio Tetamanti”, Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Abogada. Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Keywords Human sterilization, legislation, bioethics, Argentine
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Cecchetto, S., Urbandt, P., & Bostiancic, M. (2007). Human sterilization surgery and Argentinian law: biomedical, legal and ethical aspects. Acta Bioethica, 13(2). Retrieved from https://actabioethica.uchile.cl/index.php/AB/article/view/16531/17187
Published
2007-01-01