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March 5, 1994 | From Associated Press
A judge agreed to order the sterilization of a mentally impaired woman who asked for the procedure because she has been pregnant three times in less than two years. The 22-year-old, whose name was withheld by the court, is due to give birth in a week. She has a 9-month-old who is being cared for by her parents. A miscarriage ended another pregnancy last year. Erie County Surrogate Judge Joseph Mattina signed the order Friday. Three different men got the woman pregnant, court officials said.
March 5, 1999 | Reuters
The Swedish government moved closer Thursday to approving compensation of $21,150 each to victims of a 40-year Nazi-style program during which thousands were sterilized against their will. The Social Affairs Ministry said it had approved a draft on compensation and turned it over to lawyers to iron out the final details.
December 16, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Surgeons in the public health system have illegally sterilized at least 1,045 retarded women and girls since 1992, a government-commissioned report said. The Health Ministry called the figure overstated, saying the true number of cases is one-fourth or one-fifth that. In 1992, Australia's High Court made such sterilizations illegal if not medically required, unless permission was granted by a court or tribunal.
September 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Survivors from among the thousands of people who were involuntarily sterilized by the state over five decades ago will be compensated in the form of heath care and education. Gov. Mike Easley quietly approved a list of recommendations last month, including education benefits through the University of North Carolina and access to a health-care fund.
September 18, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The government said it doesn't plan to apologize or compensate more than 16,000 disabled women who were forcibly sterilized over five decades. The program was legal at the time and documented in public records, the government said. An official said the government does not plan to further investigate the program. Japan legalized sterilization in 1948. Under the law, revoked last year, doctors did not need consent to sterilize the mentally or physically disabled.
Every year, about 1 million men and women in the United States choose to have themselves permanently sterilized, a procedure that has become the most popular form of birth control here and worldwide. Most are parents and know for sure they want no more children. Others simply cannot abide the perceived risks, side effects, or bother of products like condoms, the Pill or IUDs. To sterilize women, doctors clamp or cauterize the two Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus.
May 21, 1990 | Associated Press
China's first province to approve a mandatory sterilization law for the mentally retarded has performed 5,500 operations in the 14 months since the law took effect. Officials in the northwestern province of Gansu said their goal is to sterilize most of Gansu's 260,000 mentally retarded by the end of next year, the People's Daily said Sunday.
February 12, 1995 | from Associated Press
The White House played down the significance Saturday of revelations that President Clinton's nominee for surgeon general had performed hysterectomies to sterilize some severely retarded women in the 1960s and 1970s. White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry said the information was available to Administration officials before Clinton's selection of Dr. Henry W. Foster Jr.
September 14, 1988
In an effort to reduce the number of lost or abandoned pets that roam the streets and are eventually put to death, Los Angeles officials are embarking on a pilot program to sterilize pound puppies and kittens at a younger age. Traditional veterinary medicine holds that pets are not ready to be spayed or neutered until they reach 6 months, but that philosophy is changing, according to Robert Rush, general manager of the city Department of Animal Regulation.
December 4, 1997
Barbara Harris, the Orange County woman who paid two drug-abusing women $200 in exchange for their agreement to undergo sterilization, held a news conference Wednesday to introduce a third woman willing to make the same type of deal. Outside the El Monte Planned Parenthood Center, the 29-year-old drug user described herself as a homeless mother of two living in a van in La Puente. She said she has used speed, has been pregnant eight times and given birth to seven children.
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