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Why is Britney Spears in a conservatorship?

Britney was put under conservatorship following her very public breakdown in 2008. Following a year of seemingly erratic behavior—such as shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella—the singer was put under a "5150 hold" in a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation. HarpersBAZAAR.comWhat Is the "Free Britney" Movement? - Britney Spears's Conservatorship Details

What time is Britney Spears hearing?

The hearing starts at 1:30 p.m. local time at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. The last hearing was publicly accessible online, but the Los Angeles Superior Court has since ended remote hearings, so testimony can only be heard inside the courtroom. Page SixWhat to expect from Britney Spears conservatorship hearing on Wednesday

What is conservatorship abuse?

While there are a variety of ways that an elderly individual may be abused or exploited, one of the most common types involves financial exploitation. A common way for an individual to take advantage of an older individual is to become his or her conservator, or guardian. peckbloom.comWhat is Conservatorship Abuse?

"By sharing her story, Britney Spears has exposed an injustice that should not have happened. No woman should be forced to have an IUD without her consent," Smith said in a statement. "Congress can and should put a stop to this terrible practice."

The Conservatorships Immoral Relationship with Contraception in the United States — or CIRCUS — Act would exclude health care providers from federal health care programs if they require a conservator's consent to remove a contraceptive device from the subject of a conservatorship or knowingly prescribe contraception to a person subject to a conservatorship without the written consent of that person, Smith's office said.

In public testimony last month seeking to end her 13-year conservatorship, Spears alleged that she wanted to have her intrauterine device removed so she could have another baby but that her conservators would not allow it.

"I was told right now in the conservatorship, I'm not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don't get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby," Spears testified. "But this so-called team won't let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don't want me to have any more children. So basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good."

Smith isn't the only lawmaker paying attention to Spears' case.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said this month that what was happening to Spears is "freaking ridiculous" and "needs to end."

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra seeking data about how widespread problems with guardianships and conservatorships could be.

"Ms. Spears' case has shined a light on longstanding concerns from advocates who have underscored the potential for financial and civil rights abuses of individuals placed under guardianship or conservatorship," they wrote in a letter that was shared with Time. "Despite these concerns, comprehensive data regarding guardianship (referred to as conservatorship in some states) in the United States are substantially lacking — hindering policymakers and advocates' efforts to understand gaps and abuses in the system and find ways to address them."

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Britney Spears Posts #FreeBritney After Crying in Court

TMZ 14 July, 2021 - 11:02pm

The hashtag is on Britney's latest post, a video of her riding horseback and doing cartwheels in what she says is a celebration.

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Britney says she's feeling thankful and blessed for all the fan support ... adding, "You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans."

Her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, also left a supportive comment ... saying, "Internet is about to explode #freebritney."

3:04 PM PT -- Score one for Britney. The judge ruled she can hire Mathew Rosengart to represent her in the conservatorship.

1:43 PM PT -- The courtroom is now closed, and hearing has started. Check back here -- we will have updates as soon as they take a break or the hearing ends. There's really no telling how long the proceedings will last.

Britney Spears is hoping it's "out with the old and in with the new" in her conservatorship -- a new hearing in the case is going down, and her new hand-picked attorney will have the spotlight.

The judge in Brit's conservatorship will hear arguments Wednesday in downtown L.A. on several issues -- the most important one to Britney -- is who will be her attorney going forward.

Like we first told you ... Britney's longtime lawyer, Sam Ingham, filed paperwork seeking to get out of the case, and she's already decided she wants former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart to be her new attorney.

We're told his plan is to explain how Britney has a constitutional right to Due Process ... which includes being able to select counsel of her choice. That certainly exists in a criminal case, and it’s likely Rosengart will argue that the conservatorship is similar to a criminal case because it deprives Britney of her personal liberty.

She claims she hasn't been able to get married or have any further kids -- which she apparently wants with Sam Asghari -- and made it clear ... she wants to be done with the conservatorship..

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