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Calif. lawmakers seek legislation to prevent prison sterilization abuse

Sen. Loni Hancock, chairwoman of the Public Safety Committee, said today that she hoped a new law would “clarify” state policy on prison sterilizations, which are allowed only in cases of medical necessity and with high-level state approval.Screen shot from California Channel Top state lawmakers pledged today to pursue legislation to prevent sterilization abuses in […]

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Lawmakers call for investigation into sterilization of female inmates

Former Valley State Prison for Women inmate Kimberly Jeffrey, seen outside her San Francisco home, says a doctor pressured her to agree to be sterilized while she was sedated and strapped to a surgical table for a C-section. She refused.Noah Berger/For The Center for Investigative Reporting UPDATE, July 11, 2013: This story updates to include […]

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Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval

The California Institution for Women in Corona was one of two state prisons where female inmates were sterilized without required state approvals. At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules from 2006 to 2010.Courtesy of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections […]