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house Bill H. Res. 1153

Should the House Condemn the Performance of Unwanted & Unnecessary Medical Procedures Without Patients’ Consent?

Argument in favor

While Congress waits for the results of inquiries into allegedly forced medical procedures being performed on unauthorized immigrant women at ICE detention centers, the House should go on record condemning the performance of unwanted and unnecessary medical procedures without a patient’s fully informed consent. The allegations make clear the need for increased transparency and accountability at ICE.

jimK's Opinion
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10/02/2020
Yes. Federal officials responsible for detaining immigrants pending court hearings or deportation need to be held to account for sending women to a gynecologist who performed sterilizations without their patient’s consent nor even prior knowledge before being anesthetized for treatment. This is a criminal invasion of people who are in the charge of our government. They are detainees, not subjects to experimented with nor to be so grossly mistreated. Federal officials are responsible for the care of people in their charge and need to account for their laxity in allowing this- something that was only uncovered and highlighted by an investigative reporter- despite the concerns expressed by the detained women.
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Leslie's Opinion
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10/02/2020
Against medical ethics not to have Informed Consent by the patient (in their language if not English speakers). How is this even happening? Patients can sue for this. Surprised some enterprising lawyer hasn’t started a class action suit. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/medical-malpractice-informed-consent-29872.html https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2779963/ https://injury.findlaw.com/medical-malpractice/unauthorized-treatment-and-lack-of-informed-consent.html https://www.migrantclinician.org/files/RiskManagementUndocumentedPatients.pdf
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larubia's Opinion
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10/01/2020
Not only should it be condemned they should begin a formal investigation leading to the identification and criminal prosecution of those who authorized & performed hysterectomies without consent. The victims of those crimes should be financially compensated!
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Argument opposed

This resolution, and the allegations of medical malpractice it was crafted in response to, is politically motivated. It’s too early for Congress to react to as-yet unverified allegations of unwanted medical procedures. Rather than taking this resolution up now based on a single whistleblower’s allegations, Congress should wait for the results of the inquiry into unwanted medical procedures before attempting to determine the best course of action, if any is needed.

Just.Dave's Opinion
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10/02/2020
I condemn the house, they should do nothing until they can be replaced after the election
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B.R.'s Opinion
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10/01/2020
To begin with, there needs to be an investigation to prove or disprove the accusation. If the accusation is true, Congress needs to do more than a resolution to address the situation. Resolutions, at best, are just statements for the record, but don't do much in addressing the issue.
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Mindy's Opinion
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10/02/2020
Wow, Bergman, you really are a monster, aren't you? Maybe someone should perform some unsolicited and unwanted medical procedures on you and see how you like it.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 1153?

This resolution would express the House’s condemnation of the performance of unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures without patients’ full and informed consent. It would also recognize that everyone deserves to control their own reproductive choice and to make informed choices about their bodies. Finally, it would affirm the House’s belief that further accountability, oversight and transparency are needed to protect people in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Additionally, this bill would call on the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to take a series of specific actions to protect individuals. These would include:

  • Pausing the removal of any individual who experienced any medical procedure at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, where it is alleged that detainees were subjected to unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures, including hysterectomies;
  • Allowing individuals who may have experienced unnecessary or non-consensual procedures to immediately access adequate, safe and consensual medical treatment;
  • Immediately complying with all investigations and record requests related to investigations of unwanted medical procedures; and
  • Holding all individuals involved in unwanted medical procedures accountable and bringing them to justice.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

Victims of unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures; victims of unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures in federal custody; ICE; and DHS.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 1153

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced this resolution in response to reports of unnecessary medical procedures, including hysterectomies, being performed on immigrant women without their consent at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia.

Two Georgia Republicans, Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Austin Scott (R-GA), sent a letter to Dept. of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari on September 24, 2020. In the letter, Reps. Collins and Scott question the claims of forced hysterectomies and contend that the whistleblower at the Irwin County Detention Center is politically motivated:

“We write today concerning sensationalized reports regarding the treatment of detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. Recent developments indicate that the allegations included in the complaint made to your office by Dawn Wooten, represented by Project South, are questionable at best. We hope that your office will consider the recently reported facts disputing Ms. Wooten’s allegations, and shedding light on Project South’s radical, anti-law enforcement agenda, as you continue your investigation.”

This resolution has 224 Democratic House cosponsors. It is endorsed by nearly 50 racial and immigration justice advocacy organizations, including the AFL-CIO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, National Immigration Law Center and Women’s Refugee Commission.


Of Note: In mid-September 2020, it was revealed that the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) was investigating allegations that immigrant women detained at a privately-run detention center in Ocilla, Georgia were subjected to gynecological procedures, including hysterectomies, without their full understanding or consent.

The allegations, some of which were submitted as part of a whistleblower complaint by Dawn Wooten, a licensed practical nurse employed by the facility, and Project South, a Southern-based leadership development organization that builds progressive movements, prompted over 170 members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to call for an immediate inquiry within days of the revelation.

In the complaint, Wooten claimed that several women detained at the Irwin County Detention Center told her their uteruses had been removed without their consent. According to Wooten, one woman — who was ultimately not operated on due to testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies — was given three different explanations of what the procedure performed on her would be. Those ranged from having her womb removed entirely to having a small amount of tissue scraped away.

ICE Health Service Corps director Dr. Ada Rivera says the whistleblower complaint will be fully investigated. Simultaneously, Dr. Rivera says ICE “vehemently disputes the implication that detainees are used for experimental medical procedures.” In a statement, Dr. Rivera said that two women detained at the facility had been referred for hysterectomies since 2018.

ICE did not respond to requests for information about how many hysterectomy referrals were acted on or how many tubal litigations or other potentially sterilizing procedures it had performed in the past several years. 


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Condemning unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full, informed consent.

Official Title

Condemning unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full, informed consent.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed October 2nd, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 232 Yea / 157 Nay
    IntroducedSeptember 25th, 2020

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    Yes. Federal officials responsible for detaining immigrants pending court hearings or deportation need to be held to account for sending women to a gynecologist who performed sterilizations without their patient’s consent nor even prior knowledge before being anesthetized for treatment. This is a criminal invasion of people who are in the charge of our government. They are detainees, not subjects to experimented with nor to be so grossly mistreated. Federal officials are responsible for the care of people in their charge and need to account for their laxity in allowing this- something that was only uncovered and highlighted by an investigative reporter- despite the concerns expressed by the detained women.
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    I condemn the house, they should do nothing until they can be replaced after the election
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    Against medical ethics not to have Informed Consent by the patient (in their language if not English speakers). How is this even happening? Patients can sue for this. Surprised some enterprising lawyer hasn’t started a class action suit. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/medical-malpractice-informed-consent-29872.html https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2779963/ https://injury.findlaw.com/medical-malpractice/unauthorized-treatment-and-lack-of-informed-consent.html https://www.migrantclinician.org/files/RiskManagementUndocumentedPatients.pdf
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    Not only should it be condemned they should begin a formal investigation leading to the identification and criminal prosecution of those who authorized & performed hysterectomies without consent. The victims of those crimes should be financially compensated!
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    There is a special place in hell for people who think this kind of barbarism is acceptable. Self agency is a core tenet of human rights.
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    No one should touch a woman’s reproductive system without permission and most certainly not the government for any reason. I mean how would you males feel if you just woke up a eunuch after a prostate check or they did the Big Snip? I saw this happen in Texas 25 years ago to people that they didn’t feel were smart enough and didn’t want breeding! Their bodies. Their choices. Their rights. Hands off!
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    Is this really a question we should have to ask in the United States of America???? Consent to anything must be given.
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    AYFKM???? Unnecessary & Unwanted medical procedures???? Is this Nazi Germany we are now living in?
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    Wait!......WHAT?.......This just demonstrates how far we have fallen when this is even a question.
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    OMG, WE ALREADY HAVE CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Larubia, I agree with you 100%. And the sons of bitches who allowed this to happen should be sued, individually, for each woman they did this to - not the United States of America and we taxpayers! MY AMERICA WOULD NEVER HAVE ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN! YOU RIGHTEOUS CHRISTIAN WOMEN OUT THERE, ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? I hope God has a special place in hell for you all?
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    I am not sure why the House is condemning some thing that should BE ILLEGAL! Contrary to Trump Administration beliefs, unauthorized immigrants have basic human rights. We should not be doing any procedure on anyone with out their content. Don't condemn it, make it illegal!
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    SHAME ON YOU, DAN BISHOP and ANYONE who would vote against this bill! It’s absurd that this would even have to be an issue of legislation in 2020. To vote AGAINST someone (women, immigrants) giving full consent or even KNOWING about their body/life being altered forever, is disgusting. These wmn not only did not consent to these procedures, but had no idea & were at the mercy of those who were to be ASSISTING them. How dare you sign off on yet another abuse of power by the Trump administration and GOP! You support forced abortions on women who are victims of the immigration system yet you deny 🇺🇸 women the right to control their own bodies. You even deny our right to coverage of our birth control prescriptions! I hope that the next time you go in to your dentist for a teeth cleaning that they give you a forced vasectomy without your knowledge… SURPRISE! That would spare the rest of us of your substandard gene pool of abusive, racist, and archaic actions that deny our basic human rights! I’m sick of you ignorant, misogynistic, white men controlling the rest of us with yr backwards oppressive attitudes! You and I are of the same age yet generations apart in progressive awareness! How dare you vote to deny others the same rights that you take for granted & would never stand for, were it YOU or YR DAUGHTER being so abused! *You and the entire GOP have created this monster of an AUTOCRAT, handing him full carte blanche at the detriment of the people and institutions of our country. We are paying attention. You are the lowest of the low. You WILL be held accountable for obstructing justice, at every opportunity, unleashing a power crazy narcissist with a toddler’s mentality, to run amok with ZERO accountability. It is your fault. It is of your own disgusting, integrity-challenged, making! We will never forget and neither will future generations! This is no better then the forced experiments on helpless institutionalized children in the 70s, nor the 4 decades of medical abuse of black men in the “Tuskeegee Syphillus Experiment” beginning in 1932. You are a MONSTER, no better than Joseph Mengele!
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    Of course. Basic human rights as well as civil rights are violated
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    This is just messed up and should not have happened in the first place. Officially condemn the performance of these unwanted and unnecessary medical procedures which last time I checked is against the law in the first place to violate a person's health for what!?! That's f***ing malicious malpractice! Those women can now sue for this and they better. Don't let them get away with it!!! And to boot he's been sued before? W! T! F! This ICE shit needs to be dismantled. Any person in a prison here in the US still has rights so what's the difference here? It's nothing more than a concentration camp! A prison! It's disgusting!
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    Of course, we have no Auschwitz in the U.S.
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    Hahahahaha! It happens! I have a family member that is a CFA and investigates fraud against Medicair and Medicaid! You people don’t have a clue!
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    This is sickening! But sadly not new to America's SOP. Forced sterilization is just a part of American history as racism, slavery, and genocide. It needs to be condoned and people who performed them need to be put away for life.
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    This place is getting very familiar to something we found out about in the history books: Auschwitz
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    How can any politician vote against this. Any one who votes against this is like Hitler and dr mengalla
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