January 28, 2013

Birthright Israel but not for Ethiopian women

It has long been reported that the Israeli government has been using a long-term contraceptive, Depro-Provera on Ethiopian women, presumably because, like Palestinians, they are seen by the Israeli government as a "demographic threat".  Now, according to Ha'aretz the government has admitted to the practice:
A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.

Health Ministry Director General Prof. Ron Gamzu has instructed the four health maintenance organizations to stop the practice as a matter of course.

The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice, which was first reported five years ago.
I wonder if any doctors spoke out against this because it appears to be only the women themselves who spoke out:
About six weeks ago, on an Educational Television program journalist Gal Gabbay revealed the results of interviews with 35 Ethiopian immigrants. The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community. According to the program, while the women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia they were sometimes intimidated or threatened into taking the injection. “They told us they are inoculations,” said one of the women interviewed. “They told us people who frequently give birth suffer. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to.”
Just another everyday tale of zionist folk.

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