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WA Government Memo Shows Electro-shock Therapy Laws to Go Ahead

Sonia Kohlbacher, The Sunday Times, 12 October 2013Electricity Controversial laws that will allow teenagers to consent to electro-shock therapy and brain surgery will go ahead, a leaked WA Government memo reveals.

A briefing for Mental Health Minister Helen Morton ahead of the Bill’s introduction to parliament this week concedes new laws allowing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and psychosurgery to be performed on children without their parents’ consent, subject to approval by a special medical tribunal, will polarise West Australians.
“Some stakeholders such as the Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights (an organisation of the Church of Scientology) strongly oppose use of ECT and argue that it should be severely limited,” the memo says.

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