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In total, 20,108 people were sterilized in the state of California prior to 1964. California had by far the highest number of sterilizations in the United States (one third of all sterilizations nationwide). The numbers of men and women sterilized were about equal. Of the total sterilizations, almost 60% were considered mentally ill and more than 35% were considered mentally deficient. Men and women of Mexican origin represented between 7% and 8% of those sterilized (Stern, Eugenic Nation, p. 111). African Americans made up 1% of California’s population but accounted for 4% of the sterilizations (Stern, Eugenic Nation, p. 111). However, because of the sensitive nature of sterilization records, many are difficult to access or have been altered. This suggests that the total known number of sterilizations may be conservative compared to the actual number (Stern, "From Legislation to Lived Experience," p. 97).
originally posted by: AnteBellum
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Thursday prohibiting forced sterilization in prisons. A report last year said that female inmates at facilities were being coercively sterilized as recently as 2010.
Nearly 150 female inmates were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 by doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting. A May state audit reported that some of the tubal ligations in that time were done illegally without informed consent, according to Justice Now, an advocacy group.
“Pressuring a vulnerable population into making permanent reproductive choices without informed consent is unacceptable, and violates our most basic human rights,” said state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D), the bill’s sponsor, in a statement.
Kelli Dillon, a Los Angeles domestic violence counselor, said she experienced forced sterilization when she was 24 years old in a California prison and said the bill “will protect the rightful reproductive capacity of women inside prison.”
“No one should have their opportunity to be a mother taken away or decided for them,” she said in a statement.
The bill prohibits sterilization as a form of birth control except for certain medical emergencies and was passed unanimously by the California Senate and Assembly.
WTF! Am I the only one that hasn't heard of this until now?
Well I'd like to go on an expletive filled rant right now but maybe I need to look at the details of this a bit closer before I pass complete judgement. I am going to look around and try to see if there is any information as to the specifics of these cases.
Right now though this seems to wrong on many different levels.
I you have any other information as to this please post.
originally posted by: ThirdEyeofHorus
Well, that would be one thing Jerry Brown has done right. I have always been against forced sterilization of any kind. It harkens too much to the Margaret Sanger/Rockefeller days of the American Birth Control League, and has continued to this day in ways we may not have heard about. It is good this is being exposed. I applaud Brown signing and whoever came up with the bill in defense of women's self control of their own bodies. Forced sterilization is a horrendous abuse of women and men by the State.
Who's behind it? Ultimately Rockefeller et al Club of Rome Agenda 21 Elites
People who "contribute to social deterioration" (i.e. undesirables) "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility" -- in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized
Verse 12. - Our Lord proceeds to note three classes of men to whom it is given to abstain from marriage. There are some eunuchs, which were so born. The first class consists of those who are physically unable to contract matrimony, or, having the power, lack the inclination. They are compulsorily continent, and are not voluntary abstainers. Neither is the second class: those which were made eunuchs of men. Such were common enough in the harems and courts of Orientals. The cruel and infamous treatment which such persons underwent was practised against their will, and consequently their continence had no sort of merit. The third is the only class which of choice and for high reasons lived a celibate life: which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake.