Senate report says forced sterilizations should be added to criminal code – APTN News

Jul 14, 2022

A new Senate committee report says there should be criminal consequences for doctors who perform forced sterilizations.

“What we’ve had so far hasn’t worked,” Ontario Sen. Yvonne Boyer, one of the authors of The Scars That We Carry. “I believe there’s sterilizations happening today as we speak. The calls I get in my office tell me that. That women are still being coerced into sterilization. Women that are pregnant, even, are being coerced into having that tubal ligation.”

The human rights committee report, released Thursday, says that forced and coerced sterilizations persist in Canada and both legal and policy responses are needed.

The report also says victims should be compensated and an apology issued.

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