Sterilized: Why?

July 1973
Time;7/23/1973, Vol. 102 Issue 4, p50
The article focuses on the controversy surrounding the medical experimentation of the sisters Mary Alice and Minnie Relf as part of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity's family planning program. It was reported that the girls were injected with the contraceptive Depo-Provera but was stopped because of undesirable side effects. The girls were brought to the hospital and underwent tubal ligation without the consent of their parents. However, the family planning center argued that the operation was properly explained to the girls' parents. A lawsuit was filed by Attorney Joseph Levin Jr. of the Southern Poverty Law Center for the family of the Relf family against the family planning center.


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