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Where’s The “Pro-Life” Outrage Over Forced Sterilization?

It was recently reported that a number of female inmates in California prisons were sterilized without their consent, and that others were engaged in coercive conversations which could well have led in that direction. With all the “pro-life” (see here for why I prefer the term “anti-abortion” instead) fuss over abortions, I wonder why there isn’t more outcry over this issue? Perhaps it’s a class issue, and female prisoners who tend to come from lower-class backgrounds are seen as less desirable mothers? Whatever the reason, forced sterilization is wrong (oh hi, informed consent!), and it’d be great if the “pro-life” camp could channel some of their seemingly boundless energy into addressing this issue. Continue Reading →