Eugenics Protest circa 1971 originally published by Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF)

Forced Sterilization: Then and Now

Forced sterilization of women who are poor, have mental health problems, or are incarcerated was commonplace in California—and nationwide—only 50 years ago. While today legally banned, forced sterilization and other means of controlling the reproductive rights continue to insinuate themselves into public policy and lawmaking. Filmmaker and historian Virginia Espino, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice executive director Laura Jimenez, and professor Alexandra Minna Stern, director of the University of Michigan Sterilization and Social Justice Lab, discuss the historical and contemporary consequences of this problematic practice. Moderated by UC Santa Barbara professor Miroslava Chavez-Garcia.

This program is in conjunction with a screening of No Más Bebés on October 24.

Esterilización forzada: entonces y ahora

Domingo 29 de octubre a las 3 p.m.

La esterilización forzada de mujeres pobres, con problemas de salud mental o presas era común en California, y en todo el país, hace apenas 50 años. Si bien hoy en día está legalmente prohibida, la esterilización forzada y otros medios para el control de los derechos reproductivos continúan insinuándose en las políticas públicas y los procesos legislativos. La realizadora cinematográfica e historiadora Virginia Espino, la directora ejecutiva de California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (latinas de California por la justicia reproductiva), Laura Jiménez, y la profesora Alexandra Minna Stern, directora del Sterilization and Social Justice Lab (laboratorio de esterilización y justicia social) de la University of Michigan, analizarán las consecuencias históricas y contemporáneas de esta práctica problemática. Moderado por la profesora de UC Santa Barbara Miroslava Chávez-García.

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