What is the Chinese government injecting into these women?
As far as I know, there aren’t any injectable compounds that cause reliable and permanent sterilization of women, but that’s not from a lack of trying.
What’s the true state of the art when it comes to immunocontraception?
Many will recall the Kenyan tetanus/hCG imbroglio from several years ago, but I haven’t been able to find out how many women were permanently sterilized as a result.
What’s happening here?
China is forcibly sterilising women held in its vast network of “re-education” camps which house political and religious prisoners, survivors have claimed.
One woman, who was held for more than a year, has told French television that she was repeatedly injected with a substance by doctors in a prison in the far-west region of Xinjiang.
“We had to stick our arms out through a small opening in the door,” Gulbahar Jalilova, a 54-year-old former detainee, told France 24.
“We soon realised that after our injections that we didn’t get our periods any more.”
She and up to 50 other women were crammed into a tiny cell “like we were just (a) piece of meat”, she said.
Speaking to an Amnesty International conference recently, another woman, Mehrigul Tursun, 30, told a similar story of being unknowingly sterilised.
She felt “tired for about a week, lost my memories and felt depressed” after being administered a cocktail of drugs while imprisoned in 2017, she said.
After several months she was released, having been diagnosed as mentally ill, and now lived in the United States. Doctors there later told her that she had been sterilised.
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