sterilization abuse – coercion and consent

Forms of sterilization abuse include sterilization procedures performed*:

  1. when a woman has not given consent because she was unconscious
  2. against the expressed will of the patient
  3. with false consent based on medical misinformation – women are not told that the procedure is permanent and irreversible, or that sterilization is only one among many contraceptive options
  4. with false consent under threat of losing welfare benefits
  5. with false consent under threat of deportation
  6. with false consent – when sterilization is aggressively encouraged by medical providers to women in stressful situations or when they women are given inadequate time to consider the procedure
  7. without fully-informed consent – because non-English speaking patients are not provided with interpreters in health care institutions

* This list was adapted from a 1977 statement made by the Chicago Committee to End Sterilization Abuse, please see below for full citation information.

Serena Sebring - last update: November 25, 2007

References

Chicago Committee to End Sterilization Abuse (CCESA). 1977. “Sterilization Abuse: A Task for the Women’s Movement”(January-1977). Available online: <http://www.cwluherstory.org/CWLUArchive/cesa.html> Accessed: November 20, 2007.

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~ by Serena on November 25, 2007.

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