California sheriff’s office ends mandatory pregnancy tests

California sheriff’s office ends mandatory pregnancy tests

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A Northern California sheriff’s office will no longer require women arrested and booked into the county jail to undergo a pregnancy test under the terms of a settlement.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California announced Wednesday it had settled its lawsuit against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office challenging the pregnancy test requirement. The civil liberties group sued the sheriff’s office last year on behalf of women – one of them 69 – who said the requirement was humiliating, invasive and offensive.

Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said a judge had required the tests in response to a lawsuit alleging women inmates were not receiving adequate prenatal care.

The ACLU said the test will now be optional and only administered by medical staff.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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