sterilization – native american women

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According to the General Accounting Office’s (GAO) study of four of the twelve Indian Health Services regions, 3,406 Native American women were sterilized between 1973-1976.(CCESA 1977; Johansen 1998)

The same GAO study also found that many of the consent forms pertaining to the sterilization procedures were illegal and not in compliance with Indian Health Service regulations. For instance, 36 women under the age of 21 had been sterilized, despite the court ordered moratorium on sterilizations of women under the age of 21. [Comptroller General of the United States. 1976 (Letter and report to Senator James Abourezk): Nov. 4. (B-164031) (5).](CCESA 1977)

Dr. Connie Pinkerton-Uri’s investigation of sterilization among Native American women found that nearly 1 in 4 (or 25 percent) of American Indian women had been sterilized. Her research indicated that Indian Health Services (IHS) facilities “…singled out full-blooded Indian women for sterilization procedures.” (The GAO study…

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