Direct Link to 12-Page Document on Forced Sterilization Worldwide:
October 4, 2011
Women worldwide have been forced or coerced by medical
personnel to submit to permanent and irreversible sterilization procedures. Despite
condemnation from the United Nations, cases of forced and coerced sterilization
have been reported in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and
Forced and coerced sterilizations are grave violations of medical ethics and can be described as acts of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. Forcefully ending a woman’s reproductive capacity may lead to extreme social isolation, family discord or abandonment, fear of medical professionals, and lifelong grief.
This Open Society Foundations fact sheet provides information on instances of forced sterilization of racial and ethnic minorities, poor women, women living with HIV, and women with disabilities. It also provides recommendations for governments, medical professionals, UN agencies, and donors to end the practice of forced and coerced sterilization.