MIT GSL and WGS present the “No mas bebes” film on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm in 32-155. It is a story about forced sterilization, women of color, and the medical sciences. The screening will include a Q&A with the filmmaker, Renee Tajima Peña.
Summary: 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 prodded 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. View the trailer here.