General Information Forced Sterilization/Tubal Ligation
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Proposed Class Action: Forced Sterilization/Tubal Ligation/Tubes Tied
Lead Counsel: Alisa R. Lombard, B.S.Sc., LL.L., L.L.B.
Co-Counsel: Helen G. Semaganis, Q.C., I.P.C.
In 2015, media reports surfaced indicating that many Aboriginal women were coerced into having tubal ligations in Saskatchewan. In July of 2017, in response to the allegations of forced sterilization, the Saskatoon Health Region (now the Saskatchewan Health Authority) released a review titled “External Review: Tubal Ligation in the Saskatoon Health Region: The Lived Experience of Aboriginal Women.” The Report highlighted “pervasive systemic racism” in the health care system and detailed the experiences of Aboriginal women from Saskatoon and surrounding areas who had reported being coerced into having tubal ligations.
The representative class action plaintiffs, M.R.L.P and S.A.T, are represented by Semaganis Worme Lombard, lead council Alisa R. Lombard. A proposed class action was started against all health regions across the Province of Saskatchewan, the Federal Government and the Saskatchewan Government, as well as individual medical professionals. The further Amended Statement of Claim alleges that the Defendants:
- breached common law duties owed to the plaintiffs, committed the offences of battery of a sexual nature, trespass of a sexual nature against the person, false imprisonment, negligence and negligent misrepresentation;
- breach of contract and breach of fiduciary obligations owed to the Aboriginal women plaintiffs; and
- breach of the plaintiff’s Charter rights, including violations of the right to the freedom of conscience, belief and religion, violation of the right to life, liberty and security of the person, the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual treatment, and violation of the right to access health care services free from discrimination based on race and gender.
The Notice of Application for Certification and supporting materials were filed in February 2018. Click here to read more
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