'No Más Bebés' Examines LA County Forced Sterilizations

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When someone uses the word eugenics -- the genetic engineering of people -- it conjures up the horrors of Nazi Germany. But not so long ago, a more subtle kind of eugenics was carried out right here in the US, in the form of sterilizations performed by states. Many sterilizations took place at the Los Angeles County General hospital, where at least one hundred women, mostly poor, Latina immigrants, were sterilized when they came to the hospital to have their babies. Was it a case of social engineering? The new documentary No Más Bebés asks that question and tells the story of ten of these women who sued the hospital in 1975.

Credits

Guest:
Virginia Espino - Producer of 'No Mas Bebes' - @VirgiEspino

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher, Sarah Sweeney