Report: Israel Finally Admits Giving Birth Control to Ethiopian Women Without Their Consent
In December, Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported that Israel was allegedly giving Ethiopian women birth control shots without their consent. Now, Israel has reportedly admitted to the allegation. The Israeli government had initially denied the accusations, but now, according to The Independent, the government has begun to end its custom of sterilizing Ethiopian women:
The government had previously denied the practice but the Israeli Health Ministry’s director-general has now ordered gynaecologists to stop administering the drugs. According a report in Haaretz, suspicions were first raised by an investigative journalist, Gal Gabbay, who interviewed more than 30 women from Ethiopia in an attempt to discover why birth rates in the community had fallen dramatically.
Also in the Haaretz report, the Israeli government was accused of giving Ethiopian women Depo-Provera shots, which are known to cause sterility:
It’s hard to believe, but in Israel, in 2012, Ethiopian women are forced to receive injections of the Depo-Provera contraceptive. This injection is not a commonly prescribed means of contraception. It is considered a last resort and is usually given to women who are institutionalized or developmentally disabled. Yet according to an investigation recently aired on the “Vacuum” documentary series hosted by Gal Gabay and shown on Israeli Educational Television, it is also given to many new immigrants from Ethiopia.
Israel began the expulsion of African migrants and, in doing so, Israeli government officials referred to the migrants as a “cancer” to society.
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