Namibian Women With HIV Tell Court of Forced Sterilizations
September 10, 2010
Friday is expected to be the final day of testimony in the case of three Namibian women who say they were forcefully sterilized while in labor because they are HIV-positive. Sixteen women are suing the Namibian government for $1.2 million (US $165,000) each for allegedly sterilizing them without their consent.
In August 2008, legal aid groups and a women's AIDS organization presented to the Health Ministry the cases of more than 40 women who have suffered a similar experience. The current case is the first of its kind in Africa.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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