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Stolen motherhood: Here's what to know about the hysterectomy allegations against ICE


September 18, 2020

How would you feel if you woke up from surgery to learn your uterus or ovaries were removed from your body without consent? It's a nightmare scenario a licensed practical nurse who worked full-time at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia says is happening to migrant women in government custody.

This week. Dawn Wooten became a national newsmaker when she blew the whistle about medical neglect and alleged forced hysterectomies at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center where she worked.

Wooten's allegations were filed with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General by a group of advocacy organizations, and included a stunning statement suggesting the gynecologist seeing detained migrant women is known as "the uterus collector" and that women are receiving hysterectomies without being informed of the reason for the procedure in a language they understand.


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