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October 11, 1996
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Group accuses Mexico of requiring sterilizations
MEXICO CITY (CNN) -- Thousands of poor Indian women are being
subjected to forced sterilization, a Catholic anti-abortion
group said Friday, appealing to the Mexican government to
cease the practice.
The head of the group Pro-Vida (Pro-Life) said members had
documented more than 300 cases of forced sterilization in
government medical facilities over the past three years. They
claimed to know of "several thousand" other cases in which
the women who had been forced to have the procedure done
refused to come forward publicly.
A Health Ministry spokesman denied the claims, saying the
government has no campaign of forced sterilization. Instead,
it tries to give women information on contraception options
so they can make an informed choice, the ministry said.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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