The American Civil Liberties Union has announced its latest victory, noting that women who are arrested and booked at the Alameda County Jail will no longer be forced to undergo mandatory pregnancy testing.
The group filed a lawsuit against the county lock up last year after dozens of women described the testing as humiliating, unnecessary and invasive. One woman who was tested was nearly 70 years old, they said, and was at no risk of being pregnant.
It’s not immediately clear how long the policy has been in place, but a spokesperson for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said they began testing female arrestees due to a prior court order. At some point, female inmates had sued the county on allegations they were not receiving proper prenatal care. The judge who had presided over that case felt that administering pregnancy tests to all new arrestees would help solve this problem.
Original article: Alameda sheriff’s office ends mandatory pregnancy tests