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Ethiopian immigrants in Israel received contraceptive shots without their consent

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1614 (Published 11 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1614
  1. Tamara Traubmann
  1. 1Tel Aviv

The Health Ministry of Israel is to investigate claims that Ethiopian immigrants are receiving injections of the contraceptive Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone) without their consent or knowledge.

According to the testimony by dozens of women interviewed for a report published by Isha LeIsha, a feminist centre in Haifa,1 and a documentary film produced by the Educational Television Network, the injection was given to all Ethiopian immigrants, often without explanation as to its content or with unclear translation.

According to the health plan organisations, thousands of women were injected. Sometimes the treatment began while the …

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