By Susan Papp, Managing Director of Policy and Advocacy, Women Deliver

This week, a whistleblower reported that women detained at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in the United States underwent hysterectomies without their consent. Involuntary sterilization is a shameful part of a long, dehumanizing history of white supremacy and racist agendas around the world. And while the United Nations considers forced, coerced, or otherwise involuntary sterilization a violation of fundamental human rights, many governments continue to trample on reproductive rights through coerced sterilization, barriers to modern contraception, and limiting access to safe abortion.

Racist and discriminatory policies have long prevented marginalized populations — immigrants, refugees, migrants, Black, brown, Indigenous, and people of color, unmarried mothers, people living with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and religious minorities — from exercising their human rights to control when, how, or whether to have children. Conservative forces are becoming more brazen in their attempts to infringe on reproductive rights, and disturbingly, the COVID-19 pandemic is providing cover to undermine those rights. Bodily autonomy, choice, and consent, including access to contraception and safe abortion, are consistently under attack. …


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