ACLU-TN Statement on White County Inmate Sterilization and Birth Control Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017

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SPARTA, Tenn. – A judge in White County, Tennessee has issued a standing order offering a 30-day reduction in jail time to male inmates who get vasectomies and female inmates who get a Nexplanon implant in their arms. The ACLU of Tennessee has issued the following statement in response.

The following can be attributed to Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director:

“Offering a so-called ‘choice’ between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional. Such a choice violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy and bodily integrity by interfering with the intimate decision of whether and when to have a child, imposing an intrusive medical procedure on individuals who are not in a position to reject it. Judges play an important role in our community – overseeing individuals’ childbearing capacity should not be part of that role.”

2017-07-20T15:49:38+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|