Calif. Prison System Accused Of Sterilizing Female Inmates

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One former Valley State inmate who gave birth to a son in October 2006 said the institution’s OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, repeatedly pressured her to agree to a tubal ligation.

“As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it,” said Christina Cordero, 34, who spent two years in prison for auto theft. “He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it.”

Cordero, released in 2008 and now living in Upland, Calif., agreed, but she says, “today, I wish I would have never had it done.”

Nearly a half-century ago, it was common practice to sterilize women in California prisons until 1979 when lawmakers outlawed the practice.

For a full report of the sterilization allegations, go to The Center for Investigative Reporting.

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