Sickle cell patients pressured to undergo unwanted sterilizations – STAT

A woman’s experience with a pressured C-section and tubal ligation reveals the unsettling reality of coercive sterilization practices and racial bias in healthcare. Dive into her journey of regret, questioning autonomy, and the critical issues of informed consent faced by Black women with sickle cell disease in a system that often prioritizes medical convenience over patient choice.

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Photo of a black woman named Whitney Carter standing in front of her home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Emily Kask for STAT.