FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017
Lindsay Kee, 615-320-7142
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.”