The Golden State’s Auditor found that nearly one-third of 144 women who underwent tubal ligations from the fiscal years between 2005-2013 were operated upon without consent, according to The Desert Sun. In a new report entitled Sterilization of Female Inmates, the state Auditor’s office reveals that in 27 cases the inmate’s doctor did not give consent asserting that the inmate was in her right mind, understood the long-term effects of sterilization or had exhausted the mandatory waiting period. In other cases, doctors just faked the consent forms. The practice was so prevalent, the audit says there is no concrete way of knowing whether more inmates were sterilized without their knowledge.
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