Forced Sterilization of Female Inmates Investigated in CA
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A report issued by the California State Auditor involving female inmates revealed 39 tubal ligations performed without the inmate's lawful consent over the course of 8 years. An additional 27 cases lacked the inmate’s physician's signature to confirm that the required waiting period had been met and that the inmate was mentally competent and understood the consequences of the procedure. CA state law requires a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 180 days between the inmate signing over their consent and undergoing the procedure. Both the Medical Board of California and the California Department of Health have been called on to investigate further.
An investigation of the California prison system revealed troubling numbers of female inmates who had been sterilized without their consent, in addition to many other breaches of protocol. A report released on Thursday by the California State Auditor examined 144 cases of tubal ligations (more commonly referred to as having one's “tubes tied”) performed on imprisoned women over the course of eight years.
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