The Czech Republic will compensate women who were forced to undergo sterilization between 1966 and 2012

The Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic passed a law on Friday providing a cash allowance for women who had to be forcibly sterilized between 1966 and 2012.

The initiative, which is now being submitted to the Senate for examination, was approved with 120 votes in favor, one against and 29 abstentions. Specifically, this involves the payment of 300,000 Czech crowns (approx. 11,700 euros), compensation that is not taxable according to CT 24.

MEP Pavla Golasowska recalled that a large number of women had not been informed of the upcoming procedure and, in other cases, had given their consent to undergo the procedure enforced by threats, e.g. The agency informed DPA, for example, that their children would be taken away from them.

The Czech Republic will compensate women who were forced to undergo sterilization between 1966 and 2012
The Czech Republic will compensate women who were forced to undergo sterilization between 1966 and 2012

Members of the Roma minority in the Czech Republic were particularly affected by the coercion. An estimated 250,000 members of this minority live in the European country.

Conservative MP Bohuslav Sobotka, for his part, in the debate denied the guilt of the gynecologists who practiced these sterilizations. In his view, before 1989 came “a flaw in the communist system”.

However, other politicians have accused health professionals of “hypocrisy”. So far, forced sterilizations have had no criminal consequences for the doctors involved in their services.

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