Not Just India: Coerced Sterilizations A Global Issue
Although India's botched sterilizations have drawn attention recently, other countries have also pressured women to have the procedure.By Jake Godin | November 13, 2014
The recent death of 13 Indian women at a “sterilization camp” this week and the subsequent arrest of the doctor allegedly responsible has put sterilization programs — in India and elsewhere — under the international spotlight.
As the world’s second largest country with more than 1.2 billion people, India’s government relies heavily on sterilization for population control. (Video via United Nations)
In 2011, a United Nations population report found 37 percent of India’s women used sterilization as a contraceptive, one of the highest percentages in the world.