Senate Republicans Request Hearing on Reports of Coerced Sterilization of Female Prison Inmates

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Senators Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) today announced that Senate Republicans have requested the Senate Committee on Public Safety convene an oversight hearing to investigate reports of the unapproved sterilization of at least 148 female inmates in state prisons by physicians under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The request comes at the same time as the California Legislative Women’s Caucus has sent a letter seeking a response to the reports to Clark Kelso, the court-appointed federal receiver overseeing medical care in the state prisons.

“These allegations are alarming,” says Senate Republican Leader Huff.  “That they have occurred under the oversight of the federal Receiver’s Office which is charged with improving medical care in our prison system is even more concerning.  We need to find out how this abuse of authority was allowed to happen and hold accountable those who participated.”

“Coercing women into being sterilized is unthinkable and intolerable,” says Sen. Anderson.  “We need to get to the bottom of this and ensure informed consent for inmates is inviolable and transparency measures are in place to keep anything like this from happening again.”

Here is a link to the Senate Republicans’ letter requesting the hearing: