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Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.
At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years – and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s, according to state documents and interviews.
From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure, according to a database of contracted medical services for state prisoners.
Eugenics: Compulsory Sterilization in 50 American States American eugenics refers inter alia to compulsory sterilization laws adopted by over 30 states that led to more than 60,000 sterilizations of disabled individuals. Many of these individuals were sterilized because of a disability: they were mentally disabled or ill, or belonged to socially disadvantaged groups living on the margins of society. American eugenic laws and practices implemented in the first decades of the twentieth century influenced the much larger National Socialist compulsory sterilization program, which between 1934 and 1945 led to approximately 350,000 compulsory sterilizations and was a stepping stone to the Holocaust. Even after the details of the Nazi sterilization program (as well as its role as a precursor to the "Euthanasia" murders) became more widely known after World War II (and which the New York Times had reported on extensively and in great detail even before its implementation in 1934), sterilizations in some American states did not stop. Some states continued to sterilize residents into the 1970s. While Germany has taken important steps to commemorate the horrors of its past, including compulsory sterilization (however belatedly), the United States arguably has not when it comes to eugenics. For some states, there still is a paucity of reliable studies that show how and where sterilizations occurred. Hospitals, asylums, and other places where sterilizations were performed have so far typically chosen not to document that aspect of their history. Moreover, until now there has never been a website providing an easily accessible overview of American eugenics for all American states.
Crystal Nguyen, a former Valley State Prison inmate who worked in the prison's infirmary during 2007, said she often overheard medical staff asking inmates who had served multiple prison terms to agree to be sterilized.
One former Valley State inmate who gave birth to a son in October 2006 said the institution's OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, repeatedly pressured her to agree to a tubal ligation.
"As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done."
Former inmates and prisoner advocates maintain that prison medical staff coerced the women, targeting those deemed likely to return to prison in the future. Crystal Nguyen, a former Valley State Prison inmate who worked in the prison's infirmary during 2007, said she often overheard medical staff asking inmates who had served multiple prison terms to agree to be sterilized. "I was like, 'Oh my God, that's not right,' " said Nguyen, 28. "Do they think they're animals, and they don't want them to breed anymore?" Read more here: www.sacbee.com...=cpy
so the sterilizations were done outside of the standard procedure so yeah i have a problem with it
Federal and state laws ban inmate sterilizations if federal funds are used, reflecting concerns that prisoners might feel pressured to comply. California used state funds instead, but since 1994 the procedure has required approval from top medical officials in Sacramento on a case-by-case basis. Yet no tubal ligation requests have come before the health care committee responsible for approving such restricted surgeries, said Dr. Ricki Barnett, who tracks medical services and costs for the California Prison Health Care Receivership Corp. Read more here: www.sacbee.com...=cpy
if it was so innocent why are people getting in trouble for doing it with out authorization? coerce some one who is an inmate long enough and eventually they will either cave to pressure of the ones in control telling them what to do.
either way that was the title and i had to use the exact one for posting here per the t an c
you think its ok to pressure women into tubal litigation just due to the amount of children they have?Or the fact that they are inmates?
Federal and state laws ban inmate sterilizations if federal funds are used, reflecting concerns that prisoners might feel pressured to comply. California used state funds instead, but since 1994 the procedure has required approval from top medical officials in Sacramento on a case-by-case basis. Yet no tubal ligation requests have come before the health care committee responsible for approving such restricted surgeries, said Dr. Ricki Barnett, who tracks medical services and costs for the California Prison Health Care Receivership Corp.
The 16-year-old restriction on tubal ligations seemed to be news to them, Barnett recalled. And, she said, none of the doctors thought they needed permission to perform the surgery on inmates.
"Everybody was operating on the fact that this was a perfectly reasonable thing to do," she said.
Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the world, this is a clear breach of international human right's laws and need's to be taken up an the international court of human right's.
because historically people tend to do things to prisoners that cant be done to the general populace,and as there is a procedure and a process that has to be done to do such a medical procedure and that process was ignored it makes it seem like the doctor had an agenda to either limit how many kids a woman inmate could have upon release or limit their ability to breed for being repeat offenders. both of which i have a problem with as i don't think any one should be telling people they can or cant have more kids (doctors can advise it would not be healthy to have more kids but not tell a person they do not have a right to reproduce)
i will agree with you though "coerced" or in the case of the articles title "forced" are relative terms and good point for bringing that up,but i look at it this way these are inmates they do not have the normal options people on the outside have IE a woman on the outside of jail who didn't want her dr asking her to be sterilized all the time has the option to request another doctor where as in most cases in prisons staff and funds are limited as well as options for different staff so that also is a reason i kind of have a problem with it if that makes sense?
One former Valley State inmate who gave birth to a son in October 2006 said the institution’s OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, repeatedly pressured her to agree to a tubal ligation. “As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it,” said Christina Cordero, 34, who spent two years in prison for auto theft. “He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it.”
Originally posted by Siberbat
reply to post by RalagaNarHallas
Not that I agree with the procedures, but what do you suggest should happen when female inmates have 5-7 children and are multiple repeat offenders? What happens to these children while mom is serving her term? Should the inmates be given chemical contraception which they may or may not be compliant with? Whats the solution?
The article stated that homeless women would do crime to get back into the system, and many times they were already pregnant.