By Patrick Quinn Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A recently released report is shining light on the little-known issue of imposed sterilization in Quebec. With numerous instances of forced abortion and obstetrical violence also documented, the project has reignited discussions about systemic discrimination in the province’s healthcare system. Among the 35 testimonies from First Nations and Inuit women included in the study, there were 22 cases of forced sterilization occurring between 1980 and 2019. The majority did not sign consent forms and reported being pressured into and misinformed about the procedure in a particularly vulnerable state. “Women are saying they experienced racism during a very delicate moment of their life, which is childbirth,” said the study’s co-author Patricia Bouchard. “It has such a ripple effect in their lives and the trust
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