Dokumentiert: Elena Gorolová über Zwangssterilisationen [romea.cz]

„The financial compensation we seek is not everything. You can’t buy your own child, you can’t acquire what you’ve lost – the option of motherhood,“ Elena Gorolová, who has been fighting for 11 years for compensation for women who have been improperly sterilized in the former Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic, told news server iDNES.cz last week.

She herself is one of the survivors of this treatment – at the age of 21 she was forcibly sterilized by a doctor at a maternity hospital in the Vítkovice quarter of Ostrava, the country’s third-largest city, during the birth of her second son. Her „consent“ to the procedure was obtained by asking her to sign papers while she was in labor, without anybody providing her an explanation of what it would entail.

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