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A nurse alleged that women had their wombs partially or entirely removed, while detained at an immigration detention facility in Georgia. She filed a whistleblower complaint, largely focused on COVID-19 precautions, sent by Project South to the Department of Homeland Security and its inspector general. The complaint has triggered a conversation around forced sterilization in the US. 

Dawn Wooten alleged that migrants detained at the Irwin County Detention Center were sent to a gynecologist off-site. According to Wooten, some women said they received a surgical procedure to remove reproductive organs either without their consent or without knowing exactly the procedure entailed.

“We’ve questioned among ourselves like goodness he’s taking everybody’s stuff out,” Wooten said, according to the complaint, adding: “That’s his specialty, he’s the uterus collector. I know that’s ugly … is he collecting these things or something … Everybody he sees, he’s taking all their uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out. What in the world.”

On Tuesday, lawyers for women who reported having the procedure done identified the doctor at the center of the allegations as Mahendra Amin who practices Douglas, Georgia. 

Amin told The Intercept that he only performed “one or two hysterectomies in the past two [or] three years.” However, he didn’t answer whether those procedures were performed on those detained at Irwin. ICE has said it is investigating the claims.

Natalia Molina, a professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, told CNN that there’s a “shameful legacy” of people, especially people of color having operations performed without their knowledge by the orders of officials. 

“The story gained so much traction immediately with people, because there’s such a long history affecting many different racial and ethnic groups, across many institutions — mental health hospitals, public hospitals, prisons,” she told CNN about the new ICE allegations. 

Alexandra Minna Stern, a professor and associate dean at the University of Michigan, told CNN that the recent allegations could be apart of a long history that dates back to 1907 when Indiana passed the first eugenics sterilization law. More than 30 states would follow suit. 

Eugenics is the belief that certain people should not reproduce because they have undesirable traits. PBS reported that designation was used to forcibly sterilize immigrants, people of color, poor people, unmarried mothers, the disabled, and the mentally ill. 

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A whistleblower complaint alleging hysterectomies being performed on women from an ICE detention center recalls the ugly history of forced sterilization in the US

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