The women were signed up for the surgery while they were pregnant and housed at either the California Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, which is now a men's prison. Former inmates and advocates maintain that the prison's medical staff coerced women, focusing their efforts on those they deemed likely to return to prison.
This practice of forced sterilizations of prisoners, the mentally ill and the poor were commonplace in California's history. However, State lawmakers officially banned such practices in 1979. Since then there has been restrictions on tubal ligations, that is until in 2006, when the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reinstituted it with government approval. Dr. Ricki Barnett, who tracks medical services and costs for the California Prison Health Care Receivership Corp, said "Everybody was operating on the fact that this was a perfectly reasonable thing to do." And, she said, none of the doctors thought they needed permission to perform the surgery on inmates.
Guess what race the majority of these women belonged to? Several months ago I wrote a blog about how the Israeli government was giving Ethiopia women Depo-Provera, a hormonal form of birth control that is injected every three months, with their knowledge and consent. Different women, different country, different circumstances, different tactics, same race, same objective. Coincidence or conspiracy?