Tag: Reproductive Rights
In order to develop strategic litigation in the area of reproductive rights it is essential to assess the situation of Romani women in the communities and the discrimination they face. Unlike segregation in schools or social housing, reproductive rights violations against Roma are always intersectional: they thrive on the likelihood that Romani women will not assert, or even recognise, the oppression they experience. The ERRC has helped shine a light on forced sterilisations, but it is far from the form of reproductive rights violation Romani women experience because they are Roma – and women.
You are 22 weeks pregnant, with twins. You start bleeding heavily. When you arrive at the hospital, you find out you need an emergency Caesarean section. Your thoughts come in a panicked jumble. Will the twins make it? Will you make it? How long will this all take and who is looking after the other children in the meantime?
The courts in Hungary thought this was a good time for you to agree to be permanently sterilised. The European Court of Human Rights agrees: you were “in a position to take an informed decision”.