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Coerced Sterilization of Native American Women

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"The Native American Woman's Health Education Resource Center has documented abuses carried out by the Indian Health Services (IHS), Job Corps, and other agencies on which Native American women depend for health care services. Issues they have identified are forced sterilization, unsafe use of Depo-Provera and Norplant, and destructive alcohol-related policies"

"A study by the Government Accounting Office during the 1970s found widespread sterilization abuse in four areas served by the IHS. In 1975 alone, some 25,000 Native American women were permanently sterilized--many after being coerced, misinformed, or threatened. One former IHS nurse reported the use of tubal ligation on "uncooperative" or "alcoholic" women into the 1990s."

-- Women of Color Partnership


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  • A History of Governmentally Coerced Sterilization: The Plight of the Native American Woman
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  • Comprehensive Bibliography of Books, Pamphlets, Law Review Articles and Internet Links
    Link to Bibliography

  • Contact the Author, Michael Sullivan DeFine, University of Maine School of Law student

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