Last year a case was reopened to visit the terrible forced sterilization among thousands of women in Peru beginning in 1996. In 1995, President Alberto Fujimori made voluntary sterilization, also called tubal ligation, a form of contraception to be used to control the population in Peru. Although this was supposed to be something voluntary, many women were not only being heavily pressured by doctors to be sterilized, but were also coming out of labor and anesthesia with the surgery already done without given consent. The President thought of this being a good thing, to conquer poverty by doing this to mostly poor women who couldn’t speak up for themselves. One specific case involved a death of a woman who was pressured into the surgery, lied to about the amount of children she could have, and then not told of the risks that came with the procedure. As more and more women spoke up, cases began opening up in 2001 and investigations began to look into the policies made by President Fujimori and the doctors who performed the surgeries. Two times the cases were opened and then re-shelved for lack of evidence and the voices of those women who were never heard were once again pushed under the rug. But last year the case was reopened and the government in Peru is taking a serious look this time at what happened, going as far as opening a national registry to find out how many victims there actually are that fell among the forced sterilizations. This human rights case is something that takes away not only the voice of women but the opportunity for them and their partner to give life. Fortunately former President Fujimori is serving time in prison for the injustice, but his daughter is now in the polls for president and she blames the doctors who performed the surgeries and not her father. Despite whose fault it really is, the horror of this was and still is immense and many women lost something that can never be given back to them.
Lizarzaburu, J. 2 December 2015. Forced sterilisation haunts Peruvian women decades on. July 14, 2016. Web. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34855804