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California Eugenics Sterilization Program went on for years !

Posted in Eugenics in California with tags , , , , on November 11, 2013 by saynsumthn

THE YEAR WAS 1979 AND THE place was the state capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Assemblyman Art Torres, chairman of the Health Committee, introduced a bill to the legislature to repeal the state’s sterilization law. First passed in the same chambers 70 years earlier and modified several times over the decades, this statute had sanctioned over 20000 nonconsensual sterilizations on patients in state-run homes and hospitals, or one third of the more than 60000 such procedures in the United States in the 20th century.

California was propitious terrain for the emergence of a far-reaching sterilization regimen. Eugenic ideas were espoused by influential professionals, such as Stanford University Chancellor David Starr Jordan, the Santa Rosa “plant wizard” Luther Burbank, and the Los Angeles politician Dr John R. Haynes. In 1924, Charles M. Goethe, a Sacramento businessman, collaborated with University of California zoologist Samuel J. Holmes to found the Eugenics Section of the San Francisco–based Commonwealth Club of California. (Read Sterilized in the Name of Public Health)

women-prisonersDoctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years – and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s, according to state documents and interviews.

The Report states that from 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure, according to a database of contracted medical services for state prisoners.

The women were signed up for the surgery while they were pregnant and housed at either the California Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, which is now a men’s prison.

Former inmates and prisoner advocates maintain that prison medical staff coerced the women, targeting those deemed likely to return to prison in the future.

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Crystal Nguyen, a former Valley State Prison inmate who worked in the prison’s infirmary during 2007, said she often overheard medical staff asking inmates who had served multiple prison terms to agree to be sterilized.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not right,’ ” said Nguyen, 28. “Do they think they’re animals, and they don’t want them to breed anymore?”

One former Valley State inmate who gave birth to a son in October 2006 said the institution’s OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, repeatedly pressured her to agree to a tubal ligation.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/07/5549696/female-inmates-sterilized-in-california.html#storylink=cpy

Sanger Farms and Open Spaces

In 1932, Margaret Sanger called for the U.S. government to set aside farms and what she called “open spaces” where certain groups of people would be segregated from the rest of society. She proposed that, among others, the illiterate, the unemployed and the poor should be forcibly kept in these areas until they developed “better moral conduct.”

Sanger Dysgenic types

In 1950, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger was quoted again advocating sterilization when she said, “ I consider that the world and almost our civilization for the next twenty-five years, is going to depend upon a simple, cheap, safe contraceptive to be used in poverty stricken slums, jungles, and among the most ignorant people. Even this will not be sufficient, because I believe that now, immediately; there should be national sterilization for certain dysgenic types of our population who are being encouraged to breed and would die out were the government not feeding them.”

During its founding, Planned Parenthood was surrounded by supporters of eugenics. In fact, one of Sanger’s financial backers, Proctor and Gamble heir, Clarence Gamble, provided funding for eugenics projects and gave money directly to the North Carolina Eugenics Board which sterilized many women including, Elaine Riddick. Riddick has been outspoken of her experience leading to a recent apology from the state.

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In 1947, Gamble also called for the expansion of that state’s sterilization program saying that for every feebleminded person sterilized, 40 more were polluting and degrading the bloodlines of future generations with their defective genes.

Gamble Sterilization EU

Back to the story: One former Valley State inmate who gave birth to a son in October 2006 said the institution’s OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, repeatedly pressured her to agree to a tubal ligation.

“As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it,” said Christina Cordero, 34, who spent two years in prison for auto theft. “He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it.”

Cordero, released in 2008, and now living in Upland, agreed to the procedure. “Today,” she said, “I wish I would have never had it done.”

The producers of Maafa21 a documentary on Eugenics had responded to this here:

The 69-year-old Bay Area physician denied pressuring anyone and expressed surprise that local contract doctors had charged for the surgeries. He described the $147,460 total as minimal.

Daun Martin, a licensed psychologist, also claimed that some pregnant women, particularly those on drugs or who were homeless, would commit crimes so they could return to prison for better health care.

“Do I criticize those women for manipulating the system because they’re pregnant? Absolutely not,” Martin, 73, said. “But I don’t think it should happen. And I’d like to find ways to decrease that.”

Martin denied approving the surgeries, but at least 60 tubal ligations were done at Valley State while Martin was in charge, according to the state contracts database.

Martin’s counterpart at the California Institution for Women, Dr. Jacqueline Long, declined to discuss why inmates received unauthorized tubal ligations under her watch. But the Corona prison’s former compliance officer, William Kelsey, said there was disagreement among staff members over the procedure.

During one meeting in late 2005, a few correctional officers differed with Long’s medical team over adding tubal ligations to a local hospital’s contract, Kelsey, 57, said. The officers viewed the surgeries as nonessential medical care and questioned whether the state should pay.

“They were just fed up,” Kelsey said. “They didn’t think criminals and inmates had a right to the care we were providing them and they let their personal opinions be heard.”

The service was included, however, and Kelsey said the grumbling subsided.

Federal and state laws ban inmate sterilizations if federal funds are used, reflecting concerns that prisoners might feel pressured to comply. California used state funds instead, but since 1994, the procedure has required approval from top medical officials in Sacramento on a case-by-case basis.

Yet no tubal ligation requests have come before the health care committee responsible for approving such restricted surgeries, said Dr. Ricki Barnett, who tracks medical services and costs for the California Prison Health Care Receivership Corp. Barnett, 65, has led the Health Care Review Committee since joining the prison receiver’s office in 2008.

“When we heard about the tubal ligations, it made us all feel slightly queasy,” Barnett said. “It wasn’t so much that people were conspiratorial or coercive or sloppy. It concerns me that people never took a step back to project what they would feel if they were in the inmate’s shoes and what the inmate’s future might hold should they do this.”

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Former Valley State Prison for Women inmate Kimberly Jeffrey spends time with her son Noel, 3, at their San Francisco home. During her imprisonment in 2010, Jeffrey says a doctor pressured her to agree to be sterilized while she was sedated and strapped to a surgical table for a C-section. She refused.
Credit: Noah Berger/For The Center for Investigative Reporting

Yet, Kimberly Jeffrey says she was pressured by a doctor while sedated and strapped to a surgical table for a C-section in 2010, during a stint at Valley State for a parole violation. Jeffrey, 43, was horrified, she said, and resisted.

“He said, ‘So we’re going to be doing this tubal ligation, right?’ ” Jeffrey said. “I’m like, ‘Tubal ligation? What are you talking about? I don’t want any procedure. I just want to have my baby.’ I went into a straight panic.”

Jeffrey provided copies of her official prison and hospital medical files to CIR. Those records show Jeffrey rejected a tubal ligation offer during a December 2009 prenatal checkup at Heinrich’s office. A medical report from Jeffrey’s C-section a month later noted that she again refused a tubal ligation request made after she arrived at Madera Community Hospital.

At no time did anyone explain to her any medical justifications for tubal ligation, Jeffrey said.

That experience still haunts Jeffrey, who lives in San Francisco with her 3-year-old son, Noel. She speaks to groups seeking to improve conditions for female prisoners and has lobbied legislators in Sacramento. Jeffrey recently completed her ACT college-entrance test and hopes to pursue a degree at San Francisco State University.

“Being treated like I was less than human produced in me a despair,” she said.

State prison officials “are the real repeat offenders,” Jeffrey added. “They repeatedly offended me by denying me my right to dignity and humanity.”

Heinrich considers the questions raised about his medical care unfair and said he is suspicious about the women’s motives. Heinrich insists he worked hard to give inmates high-quality medical treatment, adding that hundreds of appreciative prisoners could vouch for that.

“They all wanted it done,” he said of the sterilizations. “If they come a year or two later saying, ‘Somebody forced me to have this done,’ that’s a lie. That’s somebody looking for the state to give them a handout.

“My guess is that the only reason you do that is not because you feel wronged, but that you want to stay on the state’s dole somehow.”

Little-known U.S. Fault Lines Cause For Seismic Concern About Potential Earthquakes

Posted in disaster with tags , , , , on March 20, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Airforce denies firing Missile in California

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 10, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Nation’s largest abortion clinic chain: Planned Parenthood supports Judge Walker’s ruling overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage

Posted in homosexuality, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2010 by saynsumthn

The next time I hear a “Church goer” tell me that Planned Parenthood is a “good” place – despite the fact that they kill millions of innocent unborn children through abortion- I think I will scream!

They just released this press release:
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards’ Statement on Federal Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON – August 5 – Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following statement today on yesterday’s federal court ruling that struck down California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the state of California:

“Planned Parenthood applauds U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling yesterday overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage. In his ruling, Judge Walker declared the ban unconstitutional because it discriminates against gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals and prevents the state from ‘fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis.’

“This federal-level ruling is the first step in recognizing that couples in this country deserve to be treated equally and share the rights that are afforded by marriage regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Planned Parenthood supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community by providing unbiased, quality health care and information that helps all patients fully understand their sexual orientation and gender identity. Every person deserves honest information and health care because it is central to understanding yourself and how you relate to others. Equal rights provided by the government serve to lessen discrimination and allow individuals and couples the opportunity to fulfill the dreams and aspirations they have in life. Judge Walker’s ruling gives hope to millions of Americans that the law will treat them with fairness and equality.”

Get the facts about Planned Parenthood by watching this documentary: Maafa21 (clip below)

Aren’t you glad we give Planned Parenthood one millions dollars A DAY of our tax money – and more to come in the Health Care bill? Just terrific !

Abortion Clinic patient screams in Ambulance : Choice Medical

Posted in 911 calls, abortion clinic safety, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Ambulances with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Barbara Boxer’s Abortion Illogic 1/2

Posted in Abortion, Politics, pro-choice, Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Boxer: I am absolutely not suggesting that. You asked me a question, in essence, when the baby is born.

Santorum: I am asking you again. Can you answer that?

Boxer: I will answer the question when the baby is born. The baby is born when the baby is outside the mother’s body. The baby is born.

Santorum: I am not going to put words in your mouth – –

Boxer: I hope not.

Santorum: But, again, what you are suggesting is if the baby’s toe is inside the mother, you can, in fact, kill that baby.

Boxer: Absolutely not.

Santorum: OK. So if the baby’s toe is in, you can’t kill the baby. How about if the baby’s foot is in?

Boxer: You are the one who is making these statements.

Santorum: We are trying to draw a line here.

Boxer: I am not answering these questions! I am not answering these questions.

Another Hate Crime against Christians- 2 Teens shot in California Church

Posted in Anti-Christian Bigotry, Church, Hate Crimes with tags , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

2/15/2010

(CNN) — A Sunday church service in Richmond, California, erupted into chaos when three gunmen opened fire on congregants, injuring two teens, according to police.

Police headed to the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ about 12:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET), after three hooded men shot at churchgoers, Richmond police spokeswoman Bisa French told CNN.

“We’re not sure if those two victims were targeted, but someone definitely in that general area where the victims were, was targeted,” French said.

Police are unsure why the church, filled with more than 100 people, was attacked.

The male victims, ages 14 and 19, are expected to make full recoveries, French said.

The assailants were described as being in their late teens or early 20s, French said.

On the East Bay, Richmond is north of Berkeley, California.

QUESTION #1 – Will Federal Marshalls be sent to “Protect” these churchgoers? Just Asking – because they have been sent to abortion clinics. But as attacks on churches mount – like in Texas where several churches have been burned down, and in Florida where two preachers were murdered on the streets preaching – all this month, no one seems concerned enough to pass “Hate Crimes” legislation or send Federal Marshals to protect Christians. Click the links and the “Hate Crimes” section of this blog as well as the “pro-choice Violence” section of this blog to read more.