They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations 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 justice.
Watch the trailer here.
The screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Roberto Calderon.
Roberto Calderon is an Associate Professor of History, and an affiliated faculty member of the Latina/o and Mexican-American Studies (LMAS) Program at UNT. Dr. Calderon's research interests are: United States: History of the Mexican People, Political, Labor, Social and Cultural. United States: Social and Labor History of the 19th and 20th Centuries. He is the author of Mexican Coal Mining Labor in Texas and Coahuila, 1880- 1930 and South Texas Coal Mining: A Community History.