The campaign against Net-En was a landmark in the history of the women’s health movement in India. What began as a spontaneous action against unethical trials on poor women in Andhra Pradesh soon grew into a nationwide campaign. Besides stopping the trials, we raised the question of government accountability, and were co-petitioners of a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court. The case, filed to prevent the introduction of this hazardous provider controlled long-acting contraceptive into the National Family Planning Programme successfully stalled it for 15 years. In the course of coordinating the court case, Saheli, with the help and support of like minded friends and activists, researched and built up an extensive data base which was used to challenge the ‘scientific’ arguments of the Indian Council of Medical Research and World Health Organisation. At the closure of the case, the Court directed that Net-En could only be introduced where adequate facilities for follow up and counseling are available. Unfortunately, the story of Net-En does not end there. Net-En is now available over the counter, and the government and multilateral agencies are constantly making new efforts to try and push it into the government health programme. Consequently, our struggle against Net-En and other hazardous contraceptives goes on.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Report on the Campaign against the Hazardous Hormonal Contraceptive, Net-En
Newsletter Sep – Dec 2008
Newsletter Jan - Apr 2005
WHY WOMEN'S GROUPS OPPOSE INJECTABLES, 2004:
No to coercive population policies!
Another Chapter in the Saga of Injectable Contraceptives
Newsletter Mar 2001
Net-En case comes to a close on 24 August 2000
Newsletter Jul 1994
Newsletter Apr 1987