Ending Silence on Medical Violence

When doctors tied her limbs and scraped the lining of her uterus without anesthesia after her miscarriage, it was “the 30 most horrible minutes of my life,” Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric told her colleagues in a male-dominated parliament last October.
 
The hospital responsible for her treatment rejected her claims, and Health Minister Milan Kujundzic pledged to investigate but argued that such abuse is atypical for Croatian hospitals. But her account inspired a wave of other women coming forward with stories of painful gynecology treatment—signs of an emerging #MeToo movement in the Balkans.
 
The Quote: “‘You did not cry when you had sex, so shut up,’ one woman recalled a doctor telling her during a biopsy when she was whimpering in pain.”
 
Agence France Presse

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