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.
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.