California prison officials say doctors have performed permanent birth control procedures on inmates even though it was against their own regulation.
A 1999 memo directed health care managers to include a sterilization procedure in post-partum care that is specifically barred for state prisoners.
Republican State Senator Joel Anderson called for a hearing on what he called ‘outrageous practices.’
“When you’re talking about a woman’s reproductive rights, and removing them for the rest of her life, this is a serious decision and that woman should be able to make that choice [with] free will,” says Anderson
Anderson says lawmakers are considering a bi-partisan bill to prohibit medically unnecessary birth control procedures to prisoners.
Prison officials say they halted the practice in 2010.