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Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots

10:13 pm - 01/26/2013
A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.

Health Ministry Director General Prof. Ron Gamzu has instructed the four health maintenance organizations to stop the practice as a matter of course. The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice, which was first reported five years ago. Gamzu’s letter instructed “all gynecologists in the HMOs not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian origin if for any reason there is concern that they might not understand the ramifications of the treatment.” Gamzu also instructed physicians to avail themselves of translators if need be.

Gamzu’s letter came in response to a letter from Sharona Eliahu-Chai of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, representing several women’s rights and Ethiopian immigrants’ groups. The letter demanded the injections cease immediately and that an investigation be launched into the practice.

About six weeks ago, on an Educational Television program journalist Gal Gabbay revealed the results of interviews with 35 Ethiopian immigrants. The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community. According to the program, while the women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia they were sometimes intimidated or threatened into taking the injection. “They told us they are inoculations,” said one of the women interviewed. “They told us people who frequently give birth suffer. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to.”


This is just horrifying. IDEK what to say.
jadedcupcakes 27th-Jan-2013 06:41 am (UTC)
What's even more horrifying is they are hurting rather than helping. Since the women most likely aren't getting the nutrition that they need, they have a really high chance of developing osteoporosis. Which is one of the huge downfalls of the Depo-provera shot. I have endometriosis and one of the things that helps most is the Depo shot. I am however highly allergic to milk which is one of the biggest calcium sources. My doctor makes me take calcium because of the side effect in Depo. I've been on it for 3 years and all the bones in my body go Snap, crackle, and pop. This makes me sick, these poor women :(

Edited for spelling error.

Edited at 2013-01-27 06:42 am (UTC)
kaelstra 27th-Jan-2013 06:43 am (UTC)
Oh my god, what an awful violation. :( those poor women!
dearmisterecho 27th-Jan-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
How indescribably awful. Whenever I hear about this happening - past or present - it just gives me chills.
jaydestarlight 27th-Jan-2013 06:53 am (UTC)
This is horrifying :(
eldvno 27th-Jan-2013 06:59 am (UTC)
Israel, why must you do things to make me hate you so?
omgangiepants 27th-Jan-2013 07:54 am (UTC)
Let's just get it out of the way.

something something nazi germany something something anti-semitism something something everyone's angry the end
rebness 27th-Jan-2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
A valiant effort, but it still happened below. :(
alryssa 27th-Jan-2013 08:58 am (UTC)
Gross beyond the telling of it. Fucking obscene.
zinnia_rose 27th-Jan-2013 09:08 am (UTC)
What the actual fuck, Israel? No. Just no.
hinoema 27th-Jan-2013 10:19 am (UTC)
Eugenics is okay if they do it, eh? I just... no words.
toxic_glory 27th-Jan-2013 10:34 am (UTC)
what the HELL

I am just...raging right now
mingemonster 27th-Jan-2013 11:28 am (UTC)
They did fucking WHAT?
ginger_maya 27th-Jan-2013 11:44 am (UTC)
I wonder whom they're taking their cues from. Oh, wait. I know. The irony.
mingemonster 27th-Jan-2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
The USA? Sweden? France? Canada?
ladypolitik 27th-Jan-2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Im speechless, for once.
tabaqui 27th-Jan-2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
For fuck's sake.
serendipity_15 27th-Jan-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
blackjedii 27th-Jan-2013 05:40 pm (UTC)






mephisto5 27th-Jan-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
This is fucking vile. I hope whoever authorised this is brought to justice and that the women get compensation.
alierakieron 27th-Jan-2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
No shit, someone on my facebook just criticized me for calling this horrifying, since "it's a complex situation". That they then admitted they knew nothing about. *table flipping*
thelilyqueen 27th-Jan-2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, for... what could possibly be 'complex' about this? Even if someone was planning to implant these women with little comic book supervillain clone embryos, and this was a way to prevent that, you DON'T DO THAT KIND OF CRAP WITHOUT CONSENT.
iolarah 27th-Jan-2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
My brain keeps expecting to read that this happened about 60+ years ago. I can't process that this is something that would be happening in this day and age. Awful.
mimblexwimble 28th-Jan-2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Those poor, poor women. What a disgusting violation.
poetic_pixie_13 28th-Jan-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, the bodies of women of colour, black and indigenous women in particular, are always up for public use, manipulation and exploitation.

Like, I read the title and was not at all surprised.
anjak_j 29th-Jan-2013 01:55 am (UTC)
It's just one thing after another with Israel. I'm not even surprised when I hear about them pulling this kind of shit any more, though I never cease to be disgusted.

Depo-Provera is not something that should be given to any woman in this manner. It's purpose and the potential side effects should be explained properly, and more importantly, truthfully. There cannot be informed consent without this. I receive the injection myself - it is used to completely stop my periods because of medical issues. As a consequence, I have to have my calcium levels checked pretty regularly.

That these women were deceived, coerced, intimidated, and even threatened to get them to take the shots is fucking appalling and a gross violation of the rights of those women to their own bodily autonomy. The obvious racism of this act, along with the intended eugenics, are both disgusting too.

Edited at 2013-01-29 01:57 am (UTC)
fluteaphrael 29th-Jan-2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
And that they weren't specifically followed medically to make sure they don't have side effects (I wonder how many of them smoke?) It's hideous, it's wrong. It's a huge violation of human rights and dignities, and I forsee suits on the scale of the Tuskeegee mess, because these women were never even given proper follow up care. Not to mention having their rights hideously violated. Does that make it worse? I mean is there a possibility of WORSE in a situation like this? CAN there be worse?

And a 50% drop in reproduction is pretty much genocide. You're not making enough replacement population. How does this NOT come out to attempted genocide of that population?
biting_moopie 30th-Jan-2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
I want to be surprised but humanity is gross.
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