NDP SECURES TRANSPARENCY ON FORCED STERILIZATION IN CANADA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2018
 

NDP SECURES TRANSPARENCY ON FORCED STERILIZATION IN CANADA


OTTAWA – On Tuesday, the NDP secured a key meeting on the forced sterilization of women in Canada at the Standing Committee on Health. The NDP won unanimous support after they moved a motion calling for the Department of Health to provide a briefing, at the earliest opportunity, on forced sterilization, which has disproportionately impacted Indigenous women.

“Forced sterilization is torture,” said MP Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski). “The UN Committee on Torture, Amnesty International, they all agree. This is torture and we must seek justice for the women affected.” 

Sixty Indigenous women are currently engaged in a class action lawsuit alleging that they were subjected to forced sterilization in our health care system. Some instances occurred as late as 2017. The NDP has been pushing at multiple committees for in-depth studies and ministerial briefings on the matter of forced sterilization, and while the larger asks were not adopted by other parties, the NDP has successfully secured two briefings with department officials. New Democrats will continue to push for longer term, in-depth studies to ensure no woman has to face forced sterilizations again.
  

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