Israel had been accused of injecting Ethiopian women with birth control drug Depo-Provera for some time, but thirty five women stepped forward and admitted that the procedure was done on them against their will. The said that the government stated that if they did not take the shots they would not be allowed asylum. Once they were in country they were forced to continue getting the shot. Israel admitted the practice, and the director of Israeli health stated that the practice stop unless the woman knew what was being done to them and consented. During the past ten years studies have been done on the Ethiopian Jews in Israel showing that the birth rates among them has decreased nearly fifty percent. This is probably because the birth control agent Depo-Provera has long term affects leaving women unable to have children after long periods of time from being off the poison. Also the drug has research showing that it causes bone loss (possibly even irreversible), and birth defects. The manufacturer has even stated that use of the product should not go on more than two years.