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No compensation for sterilization

November 06, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A hospital does not have to compensate a Gypsy it sterilized without her consent, a Czech appeals court ruled. It cited the statute of limitations in overturning the nation's first monetary award for forced sterilization.

Human rights groups believe hundreds of women from the Czech Republic's Gypsy, or Roma, minority of about 250,000 people were sterilized against their will.

Plaintiff Iveta Cervenakova, now 32, was illegally sterilized in 1997 after the birth of her second daughter. She sued in 2005.

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