Greenland women seek justice after forced contraception

Birkerød (Denmark) (AFP) – Henriette Berthelsen was separated from her family at 11 and forced to wear a contraceptive coil, a trauma she buried until she and 142 other Greenlandic women sued the Danish state. “We should have the right to say what we feel, what happened and the right to be listened to,” she says. Now 66, Berthelsen was part of a forced contraception campaign orchestrated by Copenhagen from the 1960s to 1980, limiting the birth rate in the Arctic territory. The case comes as Denmark and Greenland are re-examining their past relationship, with conclusions due in mid-2025. A Danish colony until 1953, Greenland was granted home rule in 1979.


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