Inmates at Calif. women’s prison given birth control as trans women are transferred in

Inmates at Calif. women’s prison given birth control as trans women are transferred in

The title of bill SB 132, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last year, is The Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act. The law, which mandates that “transgender, non-binary and intersex people” be permitted “to be housed and searched in a manner consistent with their gender identity,” is about to be tested in California’s largest women’s prison.

And what better way is there to show trans women that you respect them than to provide female inmates who identify as female with condoms and abortion pills, which, Breitbart notes, is the plan? Talk about hypocrisy! Yes, Herbert and George and Pete, we trust you when you tell us that you are now women and that your male plumbing is no longer active. But just to be on the safe side, we’re going to hand out birth control to the biological women on the cell block.

A comment by Ralph Diaz, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, inadvertently underscores the two conflicting goals of the law. “No one deserves to be treated disrespectfully because of their gender identity or expression,” Diaz said at a meeting last year. “And it is our sworn duty to protect people from sexual assault and violence.”

So how are current inmates reacting to the news about their new “roomies”? According to the Women’s Liberation Front:

Women incarcerated in California’s largest women’s prison are describing the conditions as “a nightmare’s worst nightmare” after the introduction of new pregnancy resources in the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) medical clinics. The new resources are a tacit admission by officials that women should expect to be raped when housed in prison with men, where all sex is considered non-consensual by default within the system.

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Their inmates’ fears appear to be justified considering that in the “six months since the enactment of SB 132, the number of incarcerated people who say they are transgender or non-binary has increased from 1,088 to 1,237.” 

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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