Screening of the Documentary Film and a discussion with Elena Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized.
The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the US government after they were sterilized while giving birth at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of reproductive justice.
Sponsored by the Purington Fund and the Department of Spanish, Latina/o/x and Latin American Studies. Co-sponsored by Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, and Politics; Programs of Film Studies, Gender Studies, and Critical Social Thought.