California sterilized female inmates

The Sacramento Bee reports that from 2006 to 2010, nearly 150 female inmates in California prisons were sterilized, often agreeing to the procedure after coercion from prison staff. Former inmates and prison workers claim that medical staff pressured women into tubal ligations; most of the patients were repeat offenders with multiple children already. The revelation has drawn comparisons to the retired practice of  sterilizing prisoners and the mentally ill, which was outlawed in California in 1979. Prison officials claim it was a matter of the women's health, and also helped prevent women gaming the system by returning to prison for better healthcare.

Read it at the Sacramento Bee

July 9, 2013 12:11 PM