Calif. Legislature OKs Bill Banning Inmate Sterilizations
On Tuesday, California lawmakers approved a measure (SB 1135) that bans the use of sterilization procedures as a method of birth control for inmates unless it is medically necessary. The bill came after a state audit found that many female California inmates were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 without approval required under state law. The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
- "California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Inmate Sterilizations" (Bernstein, Reuters, 8/19).