sterilization abuse – coercion and consent
Forms of sterilization abuse include sterilization procedures performed*:
- when a woman has not given consent because she was unconscious
- against the expressed will of the patient
- 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
- with false consent under threat of losing welfare benefits
- with false consent under threat of deportation
- 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
- 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
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.
~ by Serena on November 25, 2007.