CA Welf & Inst Code Section 222


A female in the custody of a local juvenile facility shall have the right to summon and receive the services of a physician and surgeon of her choice in order to determine whether she is pregnant. If she is found to be pregnant, she is entitled to a determination of the extent of the medical services needed by her and to the receipt of those services from the physician and surgeon of her choice. Expenses occasioned by the services of a physician and surgeon whose services are not provided by the facility shall be borne by the female.


A ward who is known to be pregnant or in recovery from delivery shall not be restrained except as provided in Section 3407 of the Penal Code.


For purposes of this section, “local juvenile facility” means a city, county, or regional facility used for the confinement of juveniles for more than 24 hours.


The rights provided to females by this section shall be posted in at least one conspicuous place to which all female wards have access.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

§ 222’s source at ca​.gov