Monday, June 9, 2014

California Bill Tackles Sterilization of Female Inmates

A bill was presented to the California Senate Health Committee on Wednesday that aims to close loopholes that allowed doctors under contract with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to sterilize hundreds of female inmates without state approval.
According to Justice Now, a human rights organization that partners with women in prison, California's Prison Sterilization Prohibition bill (SB 1135) was written in collaboration with people who experienced sterilization abuse. 
Courtney Hooks, Justice Now's campaign and communications director, told "The Stream," "The bill aims to try to find a way to reinforce and enhance the existing law so people can be protected." (Read more Via

Also, watch this video of a women sharing her experience with being sterilized while in prison in California.  

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