Breakpoint: 'Denmark Secretly Inserted IUDs in Greenland’s Women for Decades'

 By John Stonestreet and Timothy D. Padgett

According to the BBC, doctors in Greenland inserted contraceptive devices into several thousand local women without their knowledge or consent. This was not a once-off action by a few rogue doctors. Rather, this was the result of a decades-old policy of the ruling Danish government.

As is often the case with hellish government policies, this program began with ostensibly good intentions. When Danish authorities noticed a dramatic growth in the native Inuit population, a growth ironically due to the wonders of modern healthcare, the decision was made to artificially limit the ability of Inuit women to have children. The decision was birthed from now discredited theories about the dangers of overpopulation.

The resulting government policies, built on the fallacy that children are a burden and not a blessing, were imposed paternalistically by the Danish on a population they believed unable to know or act according to their own best interest. This was done without the consent or knowledge of the Inuit victims of these bad ideas.


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