When most people think of someone getting arrested they picture things like handcuffs, bail bonds and half-stale bologna sandwiches. But for women who are being booked into the Santa Rita Jail there’s one other thing that’s part of the process: a mandatory pregnancy test.
On one hand, the policy could make a small bit of sense. If an inmate is pregnant, the jail wants to make sure they get the medical care they need. On the other hand, making all women submit to this type of testing can be seen as very, very invasive.
Suffice to say, the ACLU is now involved and they’re representing a group of woman who are suing to have the policy changed. If they’re successful, inmates would be given the option to turn down the test- no questions asked.
Some of the plaintiffs say they told jail staff they were unable to get pregnant but it just didn’t matter. What’s your opinion on the current policy?