Intrauterine devices (IUD) such as the Mirena IUD could be used in the procedure of sterilizing mentally handicapped women, a practice many lawyers are calling unconstitutional. A 29 year-old girl in California would have been given an IUD for birth control without her consent, had her mother not opted for a different procedure after determining the device was unsafe for the girl.
The Mirena IUD has been linked to an increasing number of severe complications. More than 70,000 women have filed Mirena complaints to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), alleging that the device caused injuries, including organ damage, internal bleeding, device migration and ectopic pregnancy.
Several patients have filed Mirena IUD lawsuits after suffering side effects from the device. Manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals has been in trouble with the device before, when the FDA issued a warning to the company for exaggerating potential benefits and omitting the increased risk of Mirena IUD side effects.