Friday, February 12, 2016

No Mas Bebes Documentary

Imagine you had just had a baby via emergency c-section and your doctor tells you that you need to sign these papers or your baby could die. What would you do?

Sign those papers of course.

During the 60's and 70's this exact thing happened to a lot of women. What many of these women did not know, was that they were signing a consent form for a tubal ligation.

Yes this women were essentially tricked into signing a document that would leave them sterile. This happened to many Mexican immigrant women in Los Angeles during the late 1960's and early 1970's. Some women were as young as 23 years old and having their first child. This was an attempt to control the Mexican-American population.

During this time period the idea of overpopulation was rampant. So much so that there was grant money being given to hospitals to help control the latino and african-american population.  This type of control sounds like something out of a World War 2 lesson, but the reality is  happened here, in this country to women not only in LA but all over the country. 
A new documnetry is out on the PBS show Independent Lens tells the story of some of these women. It also highlights the brave women who fought back. You can watch the entire documentary HERE  And you can read more about this in the book by Elena Gutierrez, "Fertile Matters: The Politics of Mexican-Origin Women's Reproduction"  

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