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State Funds Used for Sterilization of Female Inmates Without Approval

Remember all that forced sterilization that happened in the U.S. throughout the last century? Well, at least 148 female inmates in California have been pressured to agree to tubal ligation procedures without any of the required state approvals. From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure. Dr. James Heinrich, one of the OB-GYNs performing the procedure denied pressuring anyone and “described the $147,460 total as minimal.”