Israel’s health ministry is investigating claims that Ethiopian women are being injected with a controversial contraceptive without their knowledge or consent.
Thousands of Ethiopian women are said to be receiving shots of Depo-Provera every three months in Israeli clinics. The contraceptive stops menstruation and has been linked to fertility problems and osteoporosis.
Yaakov Litzman, Israel’s deputy minister of health, who has previously denied the practice, will lead the inquiry, a spokesperson announced.
The phenomenon was uncovered when social workers noticed the birth rate among Ethiopian immigrants halving in a decade. An Israeli documentary investigating the scandal was aired in December and prompted a popular outcry.