Reuters: Dozens of Indigenous women forcibly sterilized file a class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government, Petition: Stop sterilizing Indigenous women without consent
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:
- Killing members of the group;
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
- Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
UN Convention 1021, Article II
While most Western Nations abandoned Eugenics after World War II and adopted the Geneva protocols, including standards for medical and research ethics, the United States and Canada continued their programs with impunity. Several states in the U.S. continued to forcible sterilize American Indian women until the mid 1970s and Canada apparently did so up until two years ago and may have never stopped. Last year, 90 First Nation women filed a class action lawsuit against the Healthcare authorities of the Saskatchewan province and several doctors for sterilizing them without their informed consent. The cases go as far back as 2001 and as recent as 2017. Most of the plaintiffs were pressured into getting a tubal ligation right after giving birth.The lead plaintiff in the suit says she had her tubes tied after giving birth to her second child in 2008. The women was incapacitated and had been administered opioids when doctors attempted to get her written consent for a tubal ligation. Another Plaintiff named Lisa had a tubal ligation performed without her prior knowledge in 2001. Others were separated from their infants until they signed for the tubal ligation.