STERILISATION BY DEFAULT: WHERE’S THE CHOICE IN FAMILY PLANNING?

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By Leena Uppal
 
WHILE THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA TRIES to project the fact that the country’s family planning programme has shifted from the old female sterilisation centric approach and now offers a basket of contraceptive choices to couples in the reproductive age group, in actual fact nothing much seems to have changed on the ground. This report from Khurda district in Odisha reveals how women in labour are being forced to agree to go in for tubal ligation, after they deliver their second child at a health facility.
 
“We are required to motivate and bring in couples for sterilisation, and we try our best to do this. We do not persuade those clients who have daughters to consider this option but prefer to focus on those who have already given birth to boys.”
 
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About coalitiontcn

The Coalition on Two Child Norm and Coercive Population Policies is a group of individuals and organisations interested in addressing the issue of coercive population policies pushed by different states in India, especially the Two Child Norm (TCN). The recent examples of attempts to impose the TCN have come from states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar. Activists including organisations and individuals from various states have expressed interest in a need for a Coalition that will anchor advocacy with the state governments to (a) prevent them from implementing the norm where it is not yet implemented but proposals towards the same have been expressed in public (b) advocate for removal of TCN through and build evidence to highlight its negative implications in states where it is already implemented. The Coalition is hosted at Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ, New Delhi).

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