A “Sterilization Factory” in Peru?

While Peru’s family planning program seemed a way to provide low-income families access to birth control, doctors and victims’ rights advocates say it emphasized sterilization.

272,000 women—mostly poor, rural, and uneducated—were sterilized under the program from 1996-2000.

Government-imposed quotas created what one doctor described as “a sterilization factory.” A government registry now includes more than 7,500 people who say they didn’t consent to the procedure.

The program ran under then-President Alberto Fujimori. In December, a court will decide whether a criminal case representing more than 1,300 victims can proceed against Fujimori and 3 of his top ministers.

Los Angeles Times

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