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Inuit Greenlanders demand answers over Danish birth control scandal

Denmark and Greenland have formally agreed to launch a two-year investigation into historic birth control practices carried out for many years on Inuit Greenlanders by Danish doctors.

  • Adrienne Murray
  • BBC

Thousands of Inuit women and girls were fitted with an intrauterine device (IUD), commonly known as a coil, during the 1960s and 70s. It is a contraceptive device placed inside the womb – or uterus – to prevent pregnancy.

Among the women and girls fitted with an IUD was Naja Lyberth.

It was in 1976 that a doctor told Naja, then aged just 13, to go to her local hospital to have a coil implanted following a…

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