Nashville, Tenn., Jul 28, 2017 / 13:54 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Tennessee Judge Sam Benningfield has rescinded his controversial order offering reduced sentences to prisoners who would undergo sterilization procedures.
“We are glad to have learned that (the policy) has been canceled,” said Rick Musacchio, director of communications for the diocese of Nashville. He also referred to the policy as “problematic.”
“The Catholic position on birth control is well-known,” he told CNA July 28.
Benningfield had issued the order on May 15 which offered 30 days credit from jail time to men who would undergo a vasectomy or women who would receive a Nexplanon arm implant, which prevents pregnancies for up to four years. Benningfield serves in Sparta, Tennessee, about an hour and a half east of Nashville.
The July 26 order rescinding the previous order, signed by Benningfield and posted on the ACLU website, stated that “(t)hose inmates who have demonstrated to the court their desire to improve their situations and take s rious and considered steps toward their rehabilitation by having the procedures or agreeing to have same will not be denied the credit. You will be awarded the 30 days jail credit promised whether you ultimately receive the procedures or not.”