CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT FORCIBLY STERILIZED LATINA WOMEN WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT
(CCN)Disturbing revelations about a U.S. government program to forcibly sterilize Latina women are now emerging, and the evidence is more damning than previously thought.
The documentary, No Más Bebés, compiled a litany of evidence that sheds light on one of California’s most disturbing secrets — one reminiscent of Nazi eugenics programs: the state sanctioned the forced sterilization of Latina women.
For decades, California was one of several states that imposed forced sterilization. For women, it meant having one’s “tubes tied” after giving birth – usually without their consent. It wasn’t just women, though. Men were also given vasectomies without their knowledge. Those hit hardest were Spanish-speaking immigrants.
The eugenics program ran from 1909 to 1963. During that time, over 20,000 Californian Latina women were subjected to forced sterilization to “control” the population of Latinos in the state.
By the 1970s, that same program continued, though it was slightly scaled back.