|WE FOUGHT THIS BATTLE BEFORE|
TIME TO FIGHT IT AGAIN
Lots of people are covering the sterilization abuse of female prisoners in California today, and so am I. I usually leave the heavily covered stories to others, but this is too much.
It seems that doctors sterilized nearly 150 inmates between 2006 and 2010 in California prisons. Going back into the 1990s we may be talking about more than 250 tubal ligations.
There is a history of this sort of crap in this country and every time you think it is just that, history, it turns out it isn't over.
The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) says:
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 receiver has overseen medical care in all 33 of the state’s prisons since 2006, when U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that the system’s health care violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The receiver’s office was aware that sterilizations were happening, records show…
One doctor let the cat out of the bag as to what was on the mind of prison medical authorities. As reported at Canada Now:
The 69-year-old Bay Area physician denied pressuring anyone and expressed surprise that local contract doctors had charged for the surgeries. He described the $147,460 total as minimal.
“Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money,” Heinrich said, “compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”
Numerous nurses testified that they overheard conversation between doctors and patients where the women would be asked to sign forms allowing the sterilization proceeders. Numerous inmates added that they felt pressured to sign the documents.
Again from Canada Now,
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?”
The news raise memories of California's dark history of eugenics where where some 20,000 people were sterilized against their will from 1904 until 1964. California, like several other states, targeted "undesirable people" such as the mentally ill, criminals, women deemed to "promiscuous" or simply...the wrong race.
The CIR found that doctors targeted pregnant inmates who already had multiple children and were seen as being likely to wind up back in prison after their release.
The Mail On Line reports this shocking story:
Kimberly Jeffrey, 43, says she was strapped to a hospital table and under the influence of medication - preparing to have a C-section in 2010, when the doctor all but demanded she agree to sterilization surgery.
'He said, "So we’re going to be doing this tubal ligation, right?"
'I’m like, "Tubal ligation? What are you talking about? I don’t want any procedure. I just want to have my baby." I went into a straight panic.'
Prison records from Valley State show that Jeffrey, who was imprisoned for a probation violation, had rejected requests she undergo sterilization surgery twice before.
'Being treated like I was less than human produced in me a despair,' she said.
Women were not give medical reasons for why they should undergo such a procedure. They were just encouraged/pressured/told to do so.
Let me tell you something. When you are in prison under almost the complete control of the State, there is no difference between being "encouraged/pressured/told."
The following story is from Medical Daily.