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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:28 PM

Human Rights Groups Call On Canada To End Coerced Sterilization Of Indigenous Women

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Source: The Guardian

Amnesty International said it will lobby UN committee to pressure government as at least 60 women join class action lawsuit.

Human rights groups are calling on Canada to end the coerced sterilization of indigenous women, as a growing number of victims seek to join a class action lawsuit against government and medical professionals.

At least 60 women have joined a pending class action lawsuit against doctors and health officials in the province of Saskatchewan, seeking compensation for the violation of their rights. The lawsuit has yet to be certified by a judge, but this week Amnesty International announced it will lobby the UN committee against torture to increase pressure on the Canadian government to act.

"Ultimately, this is about women who are supposed to have the right to make decisions about their bodies, having that right taken away from them," said Amnesty's Jacqueline Hansen.

The women allege their fallopian tubes were tied, burned or cut in public hospitals when the women were unable to give sufficient consent - which would be a breach of both medical ethics and the law. Some of the complainants have said they were told they would not be allowed to see their newborn child unless they agreed to the procedure. -MORE...


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/18/canada-indigenous-women-coerced-sterlilization-class-action-lawsuit



In 2015 the continued use of coerced sterilization in Saskatchewan province was exposed. Women spoke out about their experiences, an investigation was begun and the health authority issued an apology and new criteria for tubal ligations. Yet some cases occurred as recently as 2017, according to the lawsuit.

Indigenous lawyer Senator Yvonne Boyer considers the problem more widespread than thought and told the Canadian Press. "I've had many women contact me from across the country and ask me for help." Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott described the practice as "horrifying" in an interview with the Canadian Press.



CBC, Indigenous Women Coerced Into Sterilizations Across Canada: Senator
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/sterilization-indigenous-1.4902303



- Senator Yvonne Boyer, senator from Ontario says "tubal ligations carried out on unwilling Indigenous women is one of the "most heinous" practices in health care happening across Canada." Boyer is a Metis lawyer and former nurse.

CBC. When she was 17 years old, Liz was coerced by a Children's Aid worker into having an abortion and being sterilized at a northwestern Ontario hospital, she says -- an experience she's carried for 40 years. "It was a matter of me almost [being] cornered, if you will, by my worker at the time saying, 'You better have an abortion because if you don't, either way, we are going to take that child from you'," Liz says. New research shows the forced sterilization of Indigenous women is not just a shameful part of Canadian history. Reports from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the territories suggest it is still happening.

Peru's Forcibly Sterilized Women Find Their Voice, Jan. 2016.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jan/04/peru-forced-sterilisation-quipu-project-alberto-fujimori
At least 300,000 people in Peru, the vast majority women are estimated to have been sterilised between 1990 and 2000, ostensibly under a government family planning programme.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:07 PM

1. What? Wow!

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:36 PM

3. Anglo-Amer. eugenics pseudo science that's harmed so many worldwide

Wiki, Eugenics in the US. Sterilization rates across the country were relatively low (California being the sole exception) until the 1927 Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell which legitimized the forced sterilization of patients at a Virginia home for the mentally retarded.
The number of sterilizations performed per year increased until another Supreme Court case, Skinner v. Oklahoma, 1942, complicated the legal situation by ruling against sterilization of criminals if the equal protection clause of the constitution was violated. That is, if sterilization was to be performed, then it could not exempt white-collar criminals.

The state of California was at the vanguard of the American eugenics movement, performing about 20,000 sterilizations or one third of the 60,000 nationwide from 1909 up until the 1960s. While California had the highest number of sterilizations, North Carolina's eugenics program which operated from 1933 to 1977, was the most aggressive of the 32 states that had eugenics programs. An IQ of 70 or lower meant sterilization was appropriate in North Carolina.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics_in_the_United_States

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:33 PM

2. Wow! Okay Canada, WTF is going on? Wrong!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:20 PM

4. K&R. Canada does many things well, but it is not the progressive utopia many Americans want it to

be. Colonization and racism are scourges across North America.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 12:58 PM

5. npr had a story about this this morning

supposedly an apology was offered by no corrective action was made.

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