Ten Women Die and Dozens Injured in Mass Sterilization Campaign in India

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 11, 2014   |   11:13AM   |   New Delhi, India

The world is shocked today as news reports have surfaced of at least ten women who have died and dozens who have been injured in a mass sterilization campaign in India.

Dozens of women are currently hospitalized , some in a critical condition, after a state-run program that paid women to undergo sterilizationswent awry. Sterilization is popular in India, where many families subsist on very meager incomes, because the government provides cash and other incentives to families in its attempt to curb the population.

india2The reports indicate at least 60 women fell ill after undergoing the surgery over the weekend in the central state of Chhattisgarh, and 10 have now died. Around 80 women had the procedure at the local government-run sterilization camp. The women suffered vomiting and a dramatic fall in blood pressure.

The Guardian newspaper has more on what’s happening:

“Reports of a drop in pulse, vomiting and other ailments started pouring in on Monday from the women who underwent surgery,” Sonmani Borah, the commissioner for Bilaspur district where the camp was held, told AFP news agency. “Since Monday eight women have died and 64 are in various hospitals.”

Four doctors have been suspended and police have registered a criminal complaint. Television footage showed women on stretchers being rushed into hospital with anxious relatives by their side.

Borah said authorities would investigate the incident, which took place at the government-run Nemi Chand hospital in the Pendari area of Bilaspur, 69 miles (110km) from state capital Raipur. The chief minister of Chhattisgarh, one of India’s poorest states, has ordered an investigation.

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Deaths due to sterilisation are not a new problem in India, where more than four million of the operations were performed in 2013-14, according to the government.

Between 2009 and 2012, the government paid compensation for 568 deaths resulting from sterilisation, the health ministry said in an answer to a parliamentary question two years ago.

Steven Mosher of the Population Research Institute says sterilization campaigns are part of population control.

Governments in populous developing nations like India have long carried out crude and cruel campaigns that, for example, paid people to bring in women for sterilization. Now, however, they have signed onto sophisticated social marketing campaigns to “create demand” for the Western population control agenda, helping to underwrite anti-child advertisements in the mass media  under the guise of promoting maternal health.

The governments partner with major population control players like Population Services International (PSI), International Planned Parenthood Federation, DKT International and others. Such groups come loaded with lots of foreign aid, prepared to sell the anti-child message, train the “providers” and regulate the resulting franchises.

PRI interviewed Pritpal Marjara, managing director of PSI-India, who proudly declared, “We create the demand and we also have the products to supply it,” He should know. He has 15 years of experience in the social marketing of anti-people products.

Washington, D.C.-based PSI is the acknowledged frontrunner in the movement to franchise population control. It was founded in 1970 by Philip D. Harvey who, aside from his population control efforts, also started one of the biggest erotica retailers in the world and is a leading producer of pornography. Today  it has an annual budget of $683 million and is working to undermine fertility in nearly 70 countries.

It was PSI that established the first large-scale birth control franchise, launching Greenstar  in  Pakistan in 1991. In the years since, it has trained more than 24,000 “providers” who in turn operate some 7,000 clinics throughout the country. It offers condoms, IUDs, abortifacient emergency contraception, implants and sterilizations to low-income women, baiting them into the clinics by means of a “voucher scheme.”

Although Greenstar eschews mentioning abortion in connection with its operations in Muslim Pakistan, PSI openly provides abortions in neighboring India.