With Israel under a spotlight, the director of its Ministry of Health has issued an order that gynaecologists should not inject women with the contraceptive Depo-Provera without their knowledge or consent.
Of course no woman should be given IV contraceptives, or any other drug, without her knowledge or consent but, in the case of Depo-Provera, most of the drug (57%) was being given to Ethopian (yes, black) Jews whose group make up just 2% of the Israeli population.
“We believe it is a method of reducing the number of births in a
community that is black and mostly poor,” Hedva Eyal, the author of the
report, told IRIN. “It is indeed the first time that the state actually
acknowledged that this procedure of injecting immigrant women with this
drug, when they do not know the side effects and are given no other
choice, is wrong.”
The directive was issued less than two weeks after a group of
organizations representing the Jewish Ethiopian community, along with
the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), sent a letter to
Gamzo asking that this practice be stopped immediately and that an
investigation be started into it both in Israel and in the transit camps