While prison medical officials have denied any intentional wrongdoing, the Center for Investigative Reporting’s initial investigation into California’s prison sterilization procedures last July, which prompted state legislators to demand the audit, quoted some women who said they were coerced into the procedure after their physician discovered how many children they’d given birth to, or that they’d been in prison multiple times.

The CIR report quoted one of physicians involved, Dr. James Heinrich, as saying that the $147,460 payed to doctors by the state for the surgeries was very little “compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”

The auditor’s report wasn’t conclusive about the intent of the physicians involved in the cases, but it did find that the women sterilized in the eight-year period had typically been pregnant five or more times before being sterilized, tested for reading proficiency levels below high school, and had all been incarcerated at least once before.

A bill introduced by state Sen. Jackson that passed the Senate last month would ban all sterilizations of incarcerated women for birth control purposes, making them allowable only in life-threatening situations or to cure medical conditions, and would legally protect anyone trying to report such abuses.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.

Click Here: camisetas de futbol baratas

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Comments