Govt’s ‘Forced Birth Control’ Criticised

The KwaZulu-Natal health department's ‘forced birth control’ on young women has been branded ‘discriminatory’ and a ‘violation’

Thirty students - 13 of them women - will fly to India today to study pharmacy and ultrasonography but not before 11 young women were implanted with Implanon, a matchstick-size rod inserted in the arm to prevent one from falling pregnant.

One student was advised against taking the contraceptive due to an existing medical condition. Another said she ‘was not ready for it’.

Meanwhile, Research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Lisa Vetten, says though the department is to be commended for making such opportunities available, this did not entitle it to make decisions on behalf of the young women.

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