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Chair of Breidavík Association Condemns Emasculation

Georg Vidar Björnsson, chairman of the Breidavík Association, which fights for the rights of men who were abused at the treatment home in Breidavík in their youth, has condemned the forced sterilization of disabled individuals between 1938 and 1975.

Last weekend DV broke the story of such surgeries undertaken by law, established by former Director of Health and MP Vilmundur Jónsson, on individuals who suffered from physical disabilities or mental illnesses and were considered unfit to have children.

“There are so many disgusting things in this community,” Björnsson told DV. “I think it’s amazing that people have the courage […] to come forward and tell their story to the press under their real names and picture.”

Björnsson is referring to the siblings Magnús Gudnason and Eyrún Gudnadóttir, who appeared in an interview with DV last weekend. They were both tricked into sterilization surgeries. Their brother, Ingi Gudnason, was also supposed to undergo such a surgery, but his foster father prevented it.

Ingi Gudnason told DV he believed the reason he was supposed to be sterilized was that he suffered from dyslexia. “It is of course ridiculous that those who have learning difficulties should be deprived of the right to have children,” Björnsson said.

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