Legislators Call for Investigation into Sterilizations in Prison

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In a story we aired on Tuesday, the Center for Investigative Reporting discovered that 150 pregnant women were sterilized in California prisons between 2006 and 2010 — without the required notification to top state medical officials. Inmates and their advocates said they were pushed to sign up, and a prison doctor said the cost was minimal compared to potential welfare payments for unwanted children. Some legislators are outraged, including Hanna-Beth Jackson, a State Senator from Santa Barbara and chair of the Women's Caucus.

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Guest:
Hannah-Beth Jackson - California State Senate - @SenHannahBeth

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Kerry Cavanaugh, Caitlin Shamberg