California Prisons Forcibly Sterilized 150 Women: Treated Them Like ‘Animals’ They Didn’t ‘Want To Breed’

Source: Evan McMurry / Mediaite

According to a study by the Center for Investigative Reporting, doctors working at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized 148 female prisoners between 2006 and 2010.

Doctors under contract at the California Institution for Women in Corona and Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla performed tubal ligations on at least 148 women, and the Center says there could be up to 100 more cases stretching back to the 1990s.

The procedures were performed on pregnant women whom the doctors thought showed a high likelihood of returning to prison.

Via the Center’s release:

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,’ ” Nguyen, 28, said. “Do they think they’re animals, and they don’t want them to breed anymore?”

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