Jackson, who represents SD 19, in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, joined other senators in calling for an investigation.
What happened: The Center for Investigative Reporting reported that 148 women in California prisons received tubal ligations without required state approvals from 2006 to 2010. into forced sterilizations of women in California prison.
“Former inmates say doctors pressured women into getting sterilized and targeted those deemed likely to commit future crimes,” according to CIR.
“We’ve been assured that this practice hasn’t occurred since (2010), but the question of course is why was this occurring?”
Jackson told CIR. “We want to make absolutely sure – whether we have to do legislation or what – this procedure never becomes the practice it had in the past,” she added.
According to CIR, “Dr. James Heinrich, a prison OB-GYN who referred women prisoners for the surgery, told CIR the money spent sterilizing inmates was minimal ‘compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.’