Skinner v. Oklahoma

Country: United States
Year: 1942
Court: Supreme Court
Citation: 316 U.S. 535 (1942)
Health Topics: Informed consent, Prisons, Sexual and reproductive health
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Right to bodily integrity, Right to family life, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

Petitioner brought a constitutional challenge to provisions of Oklahoma’s Habitual Criminal Sterilization Act of 1935 (the Act), which permitted sentences of compulsory sterilization for “habitual offenders” in crimes involving “moral turpitude.”  Pursuant to section 195 of the Act, the same sentence did not extend to white-collar crimes, defined as those “offenses arising out of the …Read more

Tags: Compulsory treatment, Detention, Forced treatment, Imprisonment, Incarceration, Inmate, Involuntary treatment, Jail, Non-consensual testing and treatment, Sterilization
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Angel Lorenzo v. The Director of Health

Country: Philippines
Year: 1927
Court: Supreme Court
Citation: G.R. No. 27484
Health Topics: Infectious diseases, Informed consent
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to due process/fair trial
Facts:

The Petitioner, who suffered from leprosy (Hansen’s disease), was confined in the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila in conformity with §1058 of the Administrative Code, which empowered the Director of Health and his authorized agents “to cause to be apprehended, and detained, isolated, or confined, all leprous persons in the Philippine Islands.” The Petitioner brought …Read more

Tags: Compulsory examination, Compulsory testing, Forced examination, Involuntary examination, Involuntary testing, Leprosy, Mandatory examination, Mandatory testing, Non-consensual testing and treatment
Download Judgment: English