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Japanese law that deprived thousands of mothers of childbearing

JAPAN (OBSERVATORY) – A Japanese woman has been brought to justice to compensate for her permanent infertility because of an old law that forced thousands of girls and women to undergo cervical cirrhosis because of suspected genetic genes that could cause mental retardation of their children.

The law was enacted in 1949 and suspended in 1996. The injured woman tried to persuade the government to compensate all those who had been harmed by the law but to no avail, and had to resort to the judiciary for apology and financial compensation.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said in an interview with Agence France-Presse that her adoptive mother took her as a teenager and underwent sterilization surgery. She remembers the day when she woke up to find the effects of surgery on her stomach.

She refused several offers of marriage for this reason, but eventually got married and adopted a child.