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  •  I did not see anything in this diary about forced (0+ / 0-)

    tubal ligations and/or hysterectomies, aside from the two 15 year olds who had had tubal ligations. I saw a quote that "many" women of the 3,400+ thought that the tubal ligation was reversible. There certainly is no excuse for giving a 15 year old a tubal ligation. And there is no excuse for telling a woman who consents to a tubal ligation that it should be regarded as irreversible (although in point of fact it is reversed with some frequency). But, in point of fact, many, many women who are not Native Americans have tubal ligations and then regret them (25%, according to the CDC, would like to reverse the procedure). And it is only recently that studies have shown that women who consent to tubal ligation during childbirth have more regrets than women who undergo the procedure six months after childbirth. If you read the posts of women who are writing to tubal ligation reversal specialists, a good number of them claim that they never consented to the procedure.

    Angella Says:
    January 6th, 2009 at 12:43 pm
    A tubal ligation was discussed with me during labor but I was not informed of the risk and side effects. I do not even know the name of the doctor who performed this procedure on me or how it was done. I believe the doctor did it without my consent.

    Carmen Suggs Says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 11:28 am
    In Oct. 2000, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I currently have 3 children and have had 5 pregnancy. However after my 3rd child I have not been able to conceive. He will be 8 next month. I honestly believe that the Dr. performed an unauthorized tubal ligation.

    I. Lee Says:
    September 14th, 2008 at 5:43 pm
    Right after I gave birth to my son, my military doctor asked me if I wanted to get my tubes tied. We had never discussed this before. I had just had my son and had had an epidural I didn’t know what to answer, but my doctor stood there waiting for a response. I told him to ask my husband. Still to this day, I don’t know what happened because we later got divorced

    The quote that my comment was in response to,

    Emery A. Johnson, then-director of the IHS, told a congressional committee in 1975 that IHS "considered non-therapeutic sterilization a legitimate method of family planning...

    simply states that non-therapeuic sterilization (i.e. vasectomies and tubal ligations performed by choice of the patient as opposed to cure an underlying medical condition) are a legitimate method of family planning. Which they are.

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