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July 20, 2003
Re "Forced Sterilization Once Seen as Path to a Better World," July 16: The problem with the sterilizations that took place through the 1970s is that they were using very questionable -- and too-inclusive -- criteria. The only sensible criterion is: Is the person able to raise children? Institutions for the retarded have wards for the profoundly retarded (IQs of 0 to 30) where many have not been able to learn to control their bowels and have learned little or no speech. They have the minds of 2- or 3-year-olds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Pit bull advocates on Tuesday derided a new ordinance requiring that pit bulls be spayed or neutered in unincorporated parts of the Riverside County. Officials said the move was an attempt to reduce the number of pit bull-breed dogs euthanized by county shelters but also to stem a threat to public safety highlighted by recent attacks. Speakers became emotional as they stood before the Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, telling them about their encounters - both positive and negative - with pit bulls.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates for women prison inmates called Tuesday for state law to be changed to make sure convicts are not subject to sterilization surgery for birth control, and oversight over medical care is improved. The proposal by members of the group Justice Now was made at a legislative hearing into reports that 148 women in California prisons were given tubal ligation surgery without the required approval of a state medical committee during a five-year period ending in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The speakers became emotional as they stood before the Riverside County supervisors, telling them about their encounters - both positive and negative - with pit bulls. One woman talked about Louie, her beloved pit bull she dresses up each Halloween. Another sobbed as she tried to talk about her pit bulls, who compete in shows. But as county officials weighed an ordinance that would mandate the sterilization of pit bulls, they also heard from a Beaumont city councilwoman who had tried to stop a pit bull attack and could not forget the smell of blood that lingered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The first track has not been laid, but already state lawmakers are calling for an audit of California's bullet train project. That is one of 10 audits that lawmakers will ask to be approved Wednesday morning by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The $68-billion high-speed rail project is about to begin buying  356 parcels of land in Fresno and Madera counties, and Republican Assemblymen Jim Patterson of Fresno and Frank Bigelow of Madera want auditors to look at the process set up for purchases, including the ability of land owners to appeal offers.
NEWS
November 13, 1994 | Associated Press
The mother of a severely retarded woman is planning to have her sterilized after a Supreme Court justice refused to block the operation. But the legal guardian for Cindy Wasiek, a 26-year-old with the mental capacity of a 5-year-old, has vowed to appeal the case to the full Supreme Court--even if it is too late to stop the sterilization. "There are such important issues at stake," Lorrie McKinley said. Justice David H.
NEWS
June 18, 1997 | Reuters
Do-it-yourself kits promoted on the Internet for home abortions and female self-sterilizations can be lethal and should not be used, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday. The FDA said these products pose "significant, possibly life-threatening risks," and the sterilization kit uses drugs not adequately tested on humans for mutations and cancer. In addition, because the source of the drugs is unknown, their purity may be suspect, said Dr. Lisa Rarick, an FDA obstetrician-gynecologist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2000 | Associated Press
An emerging conflict over sterilization is getting new scrutiny from American Catholic bishops and could threaten vital health care partnerships that depend on the church, some observers say. The debate coincides with a recent buying spree among Catholic-sponsored health care networks, which support the church's rejection of birth control. Often they have merged with nonreligious hospitals that routinely perform sterilizations as a form of birth control.
NEWS
February 5, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
A state appellate panel in San Jose has refused to permit the sterilization of a retarded woman whose case led the California Supreme Court to strike down a state law that had banned the operations for retarded people. The appeal court ruled that the parents of Valerie Nieto, 31, a victim of Down's syndrome with an IQ of 30, could not have her undergo a tubal ligation.
WORLD
March 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police have launched an investigation into allegations that 110 Gypsy women have been sterilized against their will at hospitals in eastern Slovakia, a police spokesman said. Four investigators, based in the northern city of Zilina, asked experts at a university in Bratislava, the capital, to analyze whether the sterilizations were needed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials in Riverside County are scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would require pit bulls and pit bull mixes to be sterilized in unincorporated areas of the county. Under the ordinance being considered by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, sterilization would be required for pit bulls and pit bull mixes 4 months or older. Failure to get a dog sterilized would be an infraction or misdemeanor crime, according to the proposal. The ordinance would not apply to pit bulls owned by licensed breeders, law enforcement authorities or people who need the animals for assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The first track has not been laid, but already state lawmakers are calling for an audit of California's bullet train project. That is one of 10 audits that lawmakers will ask to be approved Wednesday morning by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The $68-billion high-speed rail project is about to begin buying  356 parcels of land in Fresno and Madera counties, and Republican Assemblymen Jim Patterson of Fresno and Frank Bigelow of Madera want auditors to look at the process set up for purchases, including the ability of land owners to appeal offers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates for women prison inmates called Tuesday for state law to be changed to make sure convicts are not subject to sterilization surgery for birth control, and oversight over medical care is improved. The proposal by members of the group Justice Now was made at a legislative hearing into reports that 148 women in California prisons were given tubal ligation surgery without the required approval of a state medical committee during a five-year period ending in 2010.
SCIENCE
July 26, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Half zebra and half donkey, the fuzzy little zonkey named Ippo was born one week ago on an animal reserve near Florence, Italy. The zonkey is not the brainchild of some deranged Dr. Moreau-like figure trying to put two animals of a different species together, but rather is the product of good old-fashioned natural lust. In an interview with the Italian news channel RTV38 (which you can see above), a member of the family that owns the reserve described a romantic love affair between a female donkey and a male zebra that was adopted after it was confiscated from a failing zoo. The zebra probably jumped the metal fence that separated the two animals to mate with the neighboring donkey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2013 | Patrick McGreevy and Phil Willon
Dozens of women in California prisons were sterilized without the required approval of a state medical committee, officials said. Some of the women say they felt coerced to undergo the surgery, and now state lawmakers are calling for an investigation. "Pressuring a vulnerable population -- including at least one documented instance of a patient under sedation -- to undergo these extreme procedures erodes the ban on eugenics," the California Legislative Women's Caucus wrote in a letter to the federal receiver in charge of prison healthcare.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
Comedy writer Soren Bowie depends on bursts of inspiration to produce his next great joke. But he says it's no fun to labor for hours in a tiring office cubicle with a chair and computer. Last month, that changed for the Cracked.com writer when his office moved to a new location in Santa Monica he likes much better. Gone are isolating walls and partitions, and Bowie says he can concentrate at work yet still see and communicate with his colleagues across wide-open office spaces. The new space has plenty of flair, including three decked-out kitchens, a pingpong table and meeting rooms decorated with international themes.
NEWS
March 5, 1994 | From Associated Press
A judge agreed to order the sterilization of a mentally impaired woman who asked for the procedure because she has been pregnant three times in less than two years. The 22-year-old, whose name was withheld by the court, is due to give birth in a week. She has a 9-month-old who is being cared for by her parents. A miscarriage ended another pregnancy last year. Erie County Surrogate Judge Joseph Mattina signed the order Friday. Three different men got the woman pregnant, court officials said.
OPINION
July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After a long and shameful history, California finally banned the forced sterilization of prison inmates and mental patients in the 1970s; two decades later, the state put safeguards in place to make sure the practice didn't resume. But a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that despite those laws, at least 148 female inmates underwent tubal ligations between 2006 and 2010 without the required approval by state medical officials. Many of the women who were sterilized while housed at the California Institution for Women in Corona and Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla said they were coerced into agreeing to the procedure, according to the report.
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