The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has issued a disturbing report that claims 148 women were targeted for sterilization at two California’s women’s prisons, Corona or Chowchilla, from 2006 to 2010. Another 100 sterilization procedures are thought to have taken place in the 1990’s.
The Center for Investigative reporting found that pregnant women with multiple children and those who had cesarean sections in the past were pressured by medical staff members to undergo tubal ligation. Those deemed to be a high risk for recidivism were also targeted.
California is no stranger to the practice of sterilizing inmates. The report states that in the past, California and 31 other states have engaged in the practice of eugenics. According to CIR “minority groups, the poor, the disabled, the mentally ill and criminals were singled out as inferior and sterilized to prevent them from spreading their genes.” Because California was known to be a leader in the eugenics movement, CIR reports that Nazi Germany looked to the state for information on sterilization procedures.