Tennessee Inmates Allowed Early Release If They Get Sterilized

Tennessee Inmates Allowed Early Release If They Get Sterilized

Inmates in White County, Tennessee are being allowed to cut up to 30 days off their jail sentence if they opt-in to undergo a sterilization procedure.

This new program is volunteer based, women will receive a Nexplanon implant in their arm, which provides up to three years of continuous birth control if they agree. Men will receive a vasectomy. Both procedures are provided free of charge by the Tennessee Department of Health.

This obvious ploy at population control was signed into order on May 15 by General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield. Since the program started, 32 women and 38 men have volunteered. The men are currently waiting to have the vasectomies performed. So what was Judge Sam Benningfield’s so called logic behind this?

 “I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, not to be burdened with children,” Benningfield told News Channel 5. “This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves. “
The judge continued on, “I understand it won’t be entirely successful, but if you reach two or three people, maybe that’s two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win-win…”

Reaction:

District Attorney Bryant Dunaway and the ACLU are speaking against the ethics and legality the sterilization program.

“Those decisions are personal in nature and I think that’s just something the court system should not encourage or mandate,” Dunaway told News Channel 5.

“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,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN executive director.

Sources:

  1. http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/20/us/white-county-inmate-vasectomy-trnd/index.html
  2. http://www.aclu-tn.org/aclu-tn-statement-on-white-county-sterilization-program/
  3. http://www.newschannel5.com/news/inmates-given-reduced-jail-time-if-they-get-a-vasectomy?page=2

Tennessee Inmates Allowed Early Release If They Get Sterilized

Tennessee Inmates Allowed Early Release If They Get Sterilized

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