The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today
IRWIN COUNTY, GA- Another day, another “whistleblower.” However unlike the alleged whistleblower that has served as a form of Viagra for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the name of this one has been released.
According to Yahoo News, a former licensed practical nurse, Dawn Wooten, is alleging that the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, which houses ICE detainees routinely performed “mass hysterectomies,” she said.
The complaint said that detainees at the facilities had surgery where all or part of the uterus was removed and noted that some were “confused” when asked to explain why.
Wooten filed the complaint with the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security. Others involved in the complaint included several advocacy groups, who claim that the detainees said their treatment was comparable to being prisoners in a concentration camp (maybe they were talking to AOC).
One detainee claimed, “When I met all these women who had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they were experimenting with out bodies.”
The detention center, which is privately run is alleged to have used one gynecologist in particular who was housed outside the center who allegedly consistently recommended the surgery.
“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody,” Wooten said, while adding, “everybody’s uterus cannot be that bad.” Wooten referred to the doctor as “the uterus collector.”
According to the complaint, the women were allegedly told that they were being treated for maladies such as ovarian cysts or heavy menstrual bleeding. Wooten claimed that consent was sometimes obtained from detainees “by simply googling Spanish.”
Of course, Congressional Democrats, looking for any excuse to go after President Trump, jumped on the allegations, according to KTLA-5 in Los Angeles.
The outlet noted that there was a follow up news conference on Tuesday which added little information to the initial allegations. Wooten’s attorneys refused to release her entire statement which was made to the IG.
Interestingly, the news conference took place with banner that said “Abolish ICE- Decriminalize Migration” prominently displayed behind the speakers. Clearly, this was a political event, likely designed to make ICE and therefore President Trump look bad.
Further, she declined to take questions after reading a statement that made no references to mass hysterectomies, nor did it quantify how many such procedures were allegedly performed on immigrant women at the facility.
According to Wikibious.com, Wooten had also complained about COVID-19 precautions back in June and in fact had herself been developed possible COVID-19 symptoms.
Wooten had also complained about the death of Marion Cole, a health service administrator at the facility who died from COVID. Wooten claims that Cole was exposed to the virus inside the facility. In a Facebook post at the time of Cole’s death, Wooten referred to Cole as her mentor.
Wooten was demoted back in July from her full-time position to an “as-needed” position, which she said wasn’t done with “proper explanation or justification.”
In addition, according to the website Wooten, in an interview with The Intercept alluded to her demotion in speaking about the complaint. She also complained that she suffered from sickle cell anemia, and that she had warned her supervisors that exposure to COVID could be fatal.
Axe to grind? Who knows?
As to Democrats, any excuse to go after ICE or President Trump is like red meat to a lion.
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was not presently getting a wash and blow dry, said, “If true, the appalling conditions described in the whistleblower complaint—including allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on vulnerable immigrant women—are a staggering abuse of human rights.”
Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that panel would be looking into the new allegations against the facility. He said it would be added in the midst of ongoing investigations about conditions at ICE contractor facilities, noting they “will be examining these new an incredibly serious allegations.”
Wooten alleged that some nurses had raised concerns about the doctor and she didn’t know if the operations were consented to.
“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody,” Wooten said in her complaint. “He’s even taken out the wrong ovary on a young lady.”
The doctor who performed the hysterectomies was identified by attorneys as Dr. Mahendra Amin, who is a practicing gynecologist in Douglas, Georgia. He has continued to see women from the center for the past several years despite some complaints from patients.
In 2015, Amin was investigated by the Justice Department for making false claims to Medicaid and Medicare. Amin and the other doctors involved paid over half a million dollars in a civil settlement, the Justice Department reported.
Perhaps if the doctor were performing abortions on the immigrant women the Democrats would have zero problem with it. After all, a Democrat has never met an abortion they didn’t love.
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According to an attorney who represented some women from the facility who were treated by Amin, she had brought concerns about Amin from her clients to the managers of the facility.
The attorney, Elizabeth Mathren, who worked for the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center said:
“Two to three years ago, I had a face-to-face conversation with (someone in management). I was so disturbed. I begged her to get my client treatment with a different doctor. I told her I had heard from multiple people that he was rough, that they were scared to go to him, that they didn’t understand what he was doing.”
One client had reported bruising after being examined by Amin, Mathren said.
The facility is located about 200 miles south of Atlanta, and is home to both male and female inmates, held for ICE, as well as inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service and Irwin County. The facility is run by LaSalle Corrections, a private company out of Louisiana.
ICE said that while it will not comment on matters before the inspector general, they do take all such allegations seriously.
“That said, in general, anonymous, unproven allegations, made without any fact-checkable specifics, should be treated with the appropriate skepticism they deserve,” the agency said in a statement.
KTLA noted that during the news conference, Wooten, an African American, did not speak to the hysterectomy allegations as much as the facility’s response to the coronavirus.
Wooten complained that the number of detainees infected was higher than reported because there was no active testing in the facility, and not all cases were reported. The New York Times said back in June that inmates had engaged in protests due to concerns about alleged poor COVID-19 protocols.
Several cases were brought forth about possible malpractice by Amin, including a woman who had a hysterectomy after being told she had ovarian cysts, which she was told were cancerous. No biopsy was performed to confirm the cancer.
In yet another case, a patient was told she had stage 4 cervical cancer, requiring a hysterectomy and chemotherapy. After she had the surgery, an oncologist in Charlotte said that she did not have cancer, according to one of the attorneys.
One of the lawyers, Sarah Owings said, “I don’t think this is necessarily a systemic sterilization by ICE. I think this is the kind of thing that is allowed to flourish in the course of poor oversight and terrible, inhumane conditions of confinement.”
Of course, MSN took this to a whole other level. In their reporting on the whistleblower, this was how a “reporter” related the story:
“This isn’t the first time the United States has forced people—especially people of color—into unwanted sterilization, which is a human rights violation and a form of eugenics, according to the World Health Organization [you remember, the ones who bungled the COVID-19 outbreak].
“For more than 70 years, California led the country in sterilization; during that time about 20,000 people were sterilized against their will in state institutions. In the South, Black women were treated as ‘practice’ for incoming medical students and had been sterilized unknowingly during C-sections.
“Other times, they were coerced in order to retain welfare benefits. Sterilization was so wide-spread in North Carolina that a bill was passed in 2015 to give victims financial compensation.”
Of course, the coup de gras:
“Of course, when it comes to undocumented immigrants, who are regularly referred to as ‘unwanted’ ‘aliens’ by the current president, it’s not so surprising that these practices went unreported for so long. One immigrant in the complaint put it best: ‘This place is not equipped for humans.’”
Ah yes, MSN(BC)…so transparent.
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