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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 17, 2018
The Tennessee State House today passed a bill that would forbid judges from approving a sentence “that is based in whole or in part on the defendant’s consent or refusal to consent to any form of temporary or permanent birth control, sterilization, or family planning services,” The Tennessean reports. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, was created after a judge in White County agreed to allow reduced sentences for inmates who underwent sterilization procedures. The Senate approved the bill in March.