Ethiopian Women Claim Israel Gave Birth Control Shots Against Will (The Forward)
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Program Halted as Scandal Grows Amid Decline in Birth Rate
Population Control? Ethiopian Israeli women say they were given contraceptive shots against their will, leading to a sharp decline in birth rates.
Following a TV report alleging that Ethiopian Israeli women were being given contraceptive shots against their will, Israel’s Health Ministry has ordered physicians to put a stop to the practice.
The report, broadcast Dec. 8 on the “Vacuum” investigative news program on Israeli Educational Television, alleged that Ethiopian immigrants were coerced or coaxed into receiving Depo Provera, a long-term contraceptive shot that lasts three months, both by Jewish aid officials before their immigration to Israel and by health workers once in Israel.
In the past decade, births among Ethiopian women in Israel have fallen by nearly 50 percent, according to the report.
Last week, the Health Ministry instructed doctors to stop administering the shots unless women ask for them and understand their ramifications.