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Perhaps the most shocking accusation from Britney Spears’ searing court hearing was that her guardians forced her to have an IUD—an implanted contraceptive device—even though she wants to have children.
But it didn’t come as a surprise to reproductive rights experts who say such arrangements are all too common—and even worse than what the pop star revealed.
Current laws allow guardians a huge amount of power over their conservatees’ reproductive lives, according to National Women’s Law Center attorney Ma’ayan Anafi. In fact, a majority of states allow conservators to enforce not just long-acting contraception, but permanent sterilization.
“A lot of people don’t know about this because people with disabilities are often not given that chance to talk about their experiences,” Anafi said. “What’s happening to Britney Spears is actually very common. What’s different is Britney Spears has a platform to share it with the world.”