California governor signs inmate sterilization ban

California Governor Jerry Brown gestures during a news conference at Memoria y Tolerancia museum in Mexico City(Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that bans prisons from sterilizing inmates without their consent, his office said on Thursday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to obtain consent from dozens of incarcerated women. The bill prohibits sterilizations of inmates as a means of birth control in correctional facilities except for when a patient's life is in danger or when there is a medical need and no less drastic alternatives are available. The bill passed both the state's assembly and senate chambers unanimously last month. …



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