‘We are horrified’: Joyce Beatty, Tim Ryan, request investigation into mass hysterectomies

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Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. Wooten says authorities denied COVID-19 tests to immigrants, performed questionable hysterectomies and shredded records in a complaint filed to the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Members of Congress sent a letter to Joseph Cuffari, an Inspector General with the Department of Homeland Security, demanding and investigation into “mass hysterectomies” being performed.

We are horrified to see reports of mass hysterectomies performed on detained women in the facility without their full, informed consent and request. Everyone—regardless of their immigration status, their language, or their incarceration—deserves to control their own reproductive choices and make informed choices about their bodies,” wrote the lawmakers. “We request that your office immediately open an investigation to thoroughly examine allegations raised.

Signed by 173 lawmakers including Joyce Beatty and Tim Ryan from Ohio.

The accusations come from a Dawn Wooten, who is named in the letter as a whistleblower. The letter claims that the medical procedures are being performed on women who did not know they even saw a doctor, and are also immigrants being detained at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia.

Read the Investigation Request

“As distraught and distressed as I was to hear about these heinous practices and claims, it is but another example of the cruel treatment inflicted on women, children and families so many immigration and refugee advocates have warned us about since the 2016 Election,’ said Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Ohio District 3. “Now, we must take action to stop the practice and obtain justice for the women involved.”

“I was horrified when I saw the whistleblower allegation that mass hysterectomies were being performed on immigrants at this facility,” said Rep Tim Ryan, Ohio District 13. “These allegations must be immediately investigated and any wrongdoing must be punished to the full extent of the law. We are talking about human rights violations that shouldn’t take place in any corner of the world, let alone in the United States of America.”

The letter was signed by 173 members of Congress and expressed concern that these reports “hearken back to a dark time in U.S. history in which 32 states passes eugenic-sterilization laws, resulting in the sterilization of between 60 and 70 thousand people in the early 1900’s.”

The four Ohio Congress people to sign the letter are, Joyce Beatty District 3, Marcy Kaptur district 9, Marcia Fudge District 11, Tim Ryan District 13.

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