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HIV-Positive Women Were Forcibly Sterilized, Namibia Court Says

News outlets report on Namibia’s Supreme Court ruling that health care workers sterilized three HIV-positive women without their informed consent.

Agence France-Presse: HIV-positive women forcibly sterilized in Namibia, says court
“Namibia’s Supreme Court on Monday found that HIV-positive women were forcibly sterilized after giving birth — a decision hailed by activists as a victory for women throughout Africa…” (11/3).

Associated Press: Court: Namibia forcibly sterilized women with HIV
“Namibia’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling that health workers sterilized HIV-positive women without their consent, a human rights group said Monday. The 2012 judgment that was upheld had found that health workers had coerced three HIV-positive mothers to sign sterilization consent forms they did not fully understand, and while in labor, the Southern Africa Litigation Center said…” (Chutel, 11/3).

Al Jazeera: Namibia court upholds sterilization verdict
“Namibia’s Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that health workers sterilized HIV-positive women without their consent. … The Southern Africa Litigation Centre said the ruling sends a message to the government to stop the practice in the southwestern African nation, and elsewhere on the continent…” (11/3).

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