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Tue Oct 31, 2017, 02:26 AM

Canada indigenous women were coerced into sterilisations, lawsuit says

Two women file class action suit after Saskatoon authorities admit several others have made claims of undergoing process without proper consent

Ashifa Kassam
Friday 27 October 2017 05.00 EDT

Two indigenous women in Canada have filed a class action lawsuit over allegations that they were coerced into undergoing sterilisation at a Saskatchewan hospital. The suit was launched after health authorities in the province admitted that several women had come forward with similar claims.

The legal challenge, which still needs to be certified by a judge, centres on the idea of proper and informed consent and whether this was obtained before the womenwere sterilised.

One of the complainants alleges that she explicitly refused to have her fallopian tubes tied when staff suggested the procedure after the birth of her son in 2001. Despite her objections, she was taken to the operating room in a wheelchair, still weak from delivery, and the procedure was carried out, she said.

The second woman alleges that a doctor suggested tubal ligation as she was being wheeled into the operation theatre for an emergency caesarean section and had already been given an epidural to counter the deep pain she was in.


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