California Government Forcibly Sterilized Latina Women Without Their Consent

December 28, 2015   |   admintam

M. David
December 28, 2015

(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.

Before that gradual phasing out of the program, in the 1960s, Latina women – particularly immigrants – were forcibly sterilized at the Los Angeles County Hospital without their consent.

The sterilization happened as a result of government decree, after Latina women gave birth at the medical facility. Many women were told about the procedure — but only after it was performed on them.

As more and more women were told about what was done to them, word began to spread throughout the Latino community that the government was sterilizing them against their will.

To add insult to injury, many caucasian Californians saw the government program as “legitimate population control.”

California’s government argued passionately that forced sterilization was “necessary” to keep “welfare” expenditures to a minimum.

Others knew very well that this was a further attempt to stem the growing Mexican-American population in California.

No Más Bebés has now uncovered proof that the real intention was to rid society of “undesirables.”

Eventually, a class action lawsuit was filed against the government in Madrigal v. Quilligan. In addition to L.A. County doctors and the California state government, the federal government itself was implicated.

Perhaps the worst part of this infuriating story is that the class action suit – brought by the victims of this racist government program – actually lost when it was brought to court.

Watch the full trailer for the documentary No Más Bebés below:

If you think it is time that the government be exposed for this disturbing crime against the Latino people of California, then help SPREAD THE WORD!


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  4. I think it's great – if they are here illegally. We shouldn't have to support illegals, and their offspring. Their own country doesn't want to support them, why the hell should we. There should be a spot on our income tax forms asking do we want to donate a dollar to supporting illegals – like the spot "do you want to donate to the presidents re-election fund" Make it the only funding for illegals, and see what the American people really think about having illegals and supporting them. Illegals should be welcome to nothing – ever.

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  5. I didn't see any mention of "illegals" in the article. It does, however, mention immigrants. I imagine any illegal immigrants would avoid having babies in hospital for fear of being deported, because they're in the country illegaly. Illegal immigrants try to stay hidden to avoid deportation. Legal immigrants, on the other hand, will use the facilities they are led to believe are safe and are legal for them to use, and which they are required to pay for.

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