Ban the use of torturous electric skin shock devices

Ban the use of torturous electric skin shock devices

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A DC circuit court recently overturned a ban on the graduated electronic decelerator (GED), a skin shock device used on people with disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts. The United Nations says these devices are a form of torture.

The disability community has fought for decades against the use of skin shocks. Last year, after receiving extensive input from experts and community members, the FDA finalized regulations that banned the manufacture, distribution, and use of GED devices. The regulation was finalized four years after it had been introduced and six years after an expert panel had recommended the ban, with strong bipartisan support. Over 300,000 people had signed a petition urging the FDA to act.

Instead of following the new regulations, the Judge Rotenberg Center immediately filed a lawsuit against the FDA so that they could continue torturing people with disabilities. This lawsuit was only the most recent of a long string of aggressive lawsuits fighting attempts to curb their abuses of human rights. Although the trial court had initially upheld the FDA’s regulations, the DC Circuit overturned that decision because the FDA’s regulation specifically bans the use of the GED for one purpose (behavior modification). The DC Circuit Court ruled that the FDA has the authority to ban a device completely, but does not have the authority to ban only one possible use of a device. The next step is clear: the FDA must completely ban the GED and similar devices. ASAN calls on the FDA to immediately pursue a new, complete ban. We will continue to advocate fiercely until this torture is finally ended.

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