Quebec College of Physicians adopts policies to prevent forced sterilization of Indigenous women – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 202424 Views

June 12th, 2024

Cultural safety training will be encouraged and doctors could now face discipline

Quebec’s College of Physicians is introducing new measures aimed at stopping the forced sterilization of Indigenous women, following a 2022 report that found more than 20 such cases in the province since 1980.

“We are taking concrete actions to ensure that no woman ever again undergoes sterilization without her knowledge or against her will. We must regain their trust,” College president Mauril Gaudreault said in a statement Tuesday announcing the changes.

The College formed a working group in 2022 to come up with recommendations after researchers from the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) documented a wide range of obstetrical violence targeting Indigenous women.

Researchers spoke to dozens of women who had been pressured into or misinformed about a series of interventions — from tubal ligations to abortions to hysterectomies.

The College announced Thursday it was adopting all the working group’s recommendations, including:

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