The House adopted a resolution on Friday to formally condemn the alleged forced medical procedures, including hysterectomies, on migrant women detained at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Georgia.
The resolution, which passed 232-157, with 4 lawmakers voting “present,” condemns “performing unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full, informed consent” and calls for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to comply with investigations into the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.
Seven Republicans voted with Democrats in support of the resolution, while Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiFive things we learned from this year’s primaries Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Bottom line MORE (D-Ill.) and Libertarian Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by JobsOhio – Trump’s tax return bombshell Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas MORE (Mich.) voted “present.”
A whistleblower complaint filed by a nurse at the detention center reported “jarring medical neglect” and alleged “high rates of hysterectomies done to immigrant women.” It also alleged that ICE did not test migrants who had been exposed to COVID-19 or had symptoms.
DHS opened an investigation into the allegations last month.
“This is about full or partial sterilization and a total lack of consent from the patient,” Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalTrump proposes capping refugee admissions at 15,000 in historic low ‘One more serious try’ on COVID-19 relief yields progress but no deal Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns MORE (D-Wash.), the author of the resolution, said during House floor debate.
Jayapal noted that 10 lawmakers visited the detention facility last weekend and spoke directly to women who had been impacted.