Unsafe Sterilization

The Indian government’s policy of female sterilization must be practiced fairly and safely or not at all, argues Payal Shah from the Center for Reproductive Rights. Indian woman are supposed to have access to a full-range of contraceptive options, but lower caste women are more likely to be coerced into sterilization, Shah writes. Sterilization camps are often unsafe and unsanitary, and women have died from complications of procedures done there.
In September, India’s Supreme Court ruled that the camps violate women’s rights. States have been tasked with ensuring those rights, but Shah believes the central government must remedy systemic barriers to ensure reproductive justice for all Indian women.

Source: News Deeply (Op-Ed)

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