‘No shot, no ticket’: Ethiopians decry Israeli birth control policies
The birth control vaccination was reportedly a requirement for
the women to immigrate to Israel: “They told me if you don't
take the shot, we won't give you a ticket, so I took the shot, but
I didn't know that it would prevent pregnancies. I didn’t
know,” one woman told RT correspondent Paula Slier.
The gruesome side effects of Depo-Provera are so severe that the
drug is not recommended for most patients.
“We are talking about a contraception that has heavy medical
and mental effects – period irregularities, vaginal bleeding,
osteoporosis, alongside mental side effects like depression, mood
swings, rage and more,” said Sharon Eliyahu-Chai of the
Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
At least six organizations – such as Tebeka, an Ethiopian legal
aid group – now aim to take the matter to court over alleged human
Last month, the Israeli Health Ministry’s director general
ordered gynecologists to cease administration of the drugs, bowing
to public pressure after accusations that they had been forcing the
birth control injections on Ethiopian women without their
Israeli officials have denied that the birth control program was
part of a plan to reduce the Ethiopian birthrate. The scandal has
worn on, with the organizations involved all pinning blame on one
For more, watch Paula Slier’s report from Israel.