Doctors say the $147,460 they were paid to carry out the procedures between 1997 and 2010 ‘isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children.’
By Nina Golgowski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Nearly 250 female inmates were sterilized in California prisons without state approval, a shocking new report has found. Some women accuse doctors of pressuring them, including one woman who was already strapped down and sedated.
Between 2006 and 2010 at least 148 female inmates at the California Institution for Women in Corona and Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla received tubal ligations, the report by the Center for Investigative Reporting claims.
The doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation allegedly performed the procedure that is considered permanent but one restricted without approval for the last 16 years.
The report suggests another 100 inmates may have been sterilized between 1997 and 2006 as well.
Some women now claim they were constantly pressured by the doctors and targeted. At least one former inmate said she didn’t believe she had a choice.