Auditor blasts illegal sterilization of inmates

Auditor blasts illegal sterilization of inmates

Tuskegee Syphilis StudyIt’s hard to think of anything more dehumanizing that illegally sterilizing someone. It takes away their right to reproduce.

But that’s what happened in California prisons from 2005 to 2013. An audit released today by the California Auditor looked into the malpractice. If found:

“During our review of the female inmate sterilizations performed in fiscal years 2005–06 through 2012–13, we noted the following: Of the 144 inmates that underwent tubal ligation, 39 (or almost 30 percent) were performed without lawful consent.”

Although these are prison inmates, their basic human dignity cannot be taken from them. The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment,” which this obviously was, on both counts.

The sterilizations sickeningly call to mind a practice thought to have been abandoned long ago when governments involuntarily sterilized people on “eugenics” grounds before World War II. And which was approved by the infamous phrase of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in the 1927 Buck vs. Bell case, “three generations of imbeciles is enough” (which might better describe the court itself since those days).

The scandal also calls to mind the U.S. government’s infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. A University of Virginia summary explained:

“For forty years, from 1932 to 1972, 399 African-American males were denied treatment for syphilis and deceived by officials of the United States Public Health Service. As part of a study conducted in Macon County, Alabama, poor sharecroppers were told they were being treated for ‘bad blood.’ In fact, the physicians in charge of the study ensured that these men went untreated.”

Then there was a similar U.S. government study, as reported by CNN:

Research from Wellesley College professor Susan Reverby has uncovered evidence of an experiment in Guatemala that infected people with sexually transmitted diseases in an effort to explore treatments.”

Turning back to California, the Auditor recommended:

“We made many recommendations to the Receiver’s Office including that it refer the 39 cases in which sterilizations were performed without lawful consent to the Medical Board of California and the California Department of Public Health to investigate physician and hospital practices, respectively.”

Let’s hope those responsible for the dehumanizing sterilizations are deprived of their medical licenses and face other disciplinary measures.

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  1. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 19 June, 2014, 17:30

    Agree completely, John.

    Of course those in the Vengeance Lobby think that rather than wasting taxpayers money on sterilization in the first place, we ought to just go ahead and execute them.

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  2. Donkey
    Donkey 19 June, 2014, 20:09

    If the Eighth Amendment is going to be invoked then it should encompass the entire Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)based on the fact that this nation has less than 5% of the worlds population yet we are approaching 30% of the worlds prisoners.

    I will never be surprised by the things RAGWUS bureaucrats will do to other people while doing their “jobs”, this story reminds me of the Japanese and German experiments on prisoners of war. 🙂

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  3. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 20 June, 2014, 10:10

    If there is anyone to blame for the cruel treatment of prisoners, the prison-industrial complex, etc., it is the Vengeance Lobby. Any government leader or legislator who even thinks about reducing sentences for non-violent offenders, better medical care for prisoners, rehabilitation as an alternative to punishment, and so on is attacked for “coddling criminals” or being “soft on crime”.

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 20 June, 2014, 15:18

    The “Vengeance Lobby” consists of the war on drugs doled out by the LE RAGWUS in very large doses and processed by DA’s and Judges across America.

    In California, where the left has had a hold for over twenty years, the PIC is having its shining moment with the most of everything i.e. prisoners, probation, parole, cops, guards, and of course courts. 🙂

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  5. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 21 June, 2014, 07:18

    While you fools are conditioned to see everything through your comfortable red/blue left/right glasses, this particular outrage is simply in-your-face evidence that classic eugenics is very much alive.

    I’m talking hard core, racist eugenics from the really bad old days, circa 1900-1930, when over 60,000 people were forcibly sterilized on order of the ‘Family Hygeine Courts’ in the state of California, based on the most creepy moronic pseudo-science imaginable, like the number of bumps on your head, or the shape of your skull…..

    Did you know that during the Nuremburg Trials it was revealed that the nazis got most of their ‘scientific’ ideas on racial improvement from the USA, specifically the State of California?

    Did you know that the corporate titan IBM cut its teeth in data processing for concentration camp inmates/victims?
    And that Thomas Watson, IBM founder, was a raging nazi sympathizer and vile proponent of eugenics himself? Ditto Bill Gates Sr…….

    No, of course not. Go back to sleep……

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  6. Queeg
    Queeg 21 June, 2014, 07:35

    Billybub

    Thank you for your service!

    Who would have known-

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