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Senate Probes Invasive Medical Care on Detained Immigrants


In a U.S. immigrant detention center, frequent, excessive and unnecessary gynecological procedures were conducted without consent, according to a bipartisan Senate investigation, Ellen M. Gilmer reports for Bloomberg Law. The probe focused on Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, where a whistleblower previously claimed a doctor employed by the detention center had conducted gynecological operations without consent. However, the investigation revealed that the issue may extend to other immigrant detention centers. After the senate investigators reviewed thousands of medical records, they concluded that immigrants at the Irwin County center were subjected to unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds, contraceptive injections, and dilation and curettage procedures.

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