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15 Sep, 16 tweets, 7 min read
Actually, forced sterilization is part of American history, and you don't need to go back to the 30s to find examples of it.

There were federally-funded eugenic programs that targeted Native American, Puerto Rican, Black, and poor women for decades.
Mini thread with a few examples

”Used as a means of controlling “undesirable” populations – immigrants, people of color, poor people, unmarried mothers, the disabled and mentally ill. Federally funded sterilization programs took place in 32 states throughout the 20th century.”
”Over the 6-year period that had followed the passage of the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act of 1970, physicians sterilized perhaps 25% of Native American women of childbearing age, and there is evidence suggesting that the numbers were actually even higher”
”Some of [the IHS doctors] did not believe that American Indian and other minority women had the intelligence to use other methods of birth control effectively and that there were already too many minority individuals causing problems in the nation”
”For Native families, this is a painful part of a very recent memory. Many women that were victims of these cruel policies have difficulty discussing their stories, and they are often shamed into silence”
”Sterilizing the Sick, Poor to Cut Welfare Costs: North Carolina's History of Eugenics”
YUP. They forcibly sterilized 7600 people. Some of the victims were children.

The state's program was also one of the longest-lasting.
A little background on the people behind North Carolina’s eugenics program.

Excerpts from A war against the week by Edwin Black.
Contd: Their ties to Nazi Germany.
”Clinic nurses decided that the girls should be sterilized. The clinic targeted the girls for the procedure because they were poor, Black, and living in public housing”
”Between the 1930s and the 1970s, approximately one-third of the female population of Puerto Rico was sterilized, making it the highest rate of sterilization in the world”

A short clip from the 1982 documentary titled La Operación. A forty minute documentary film by Ana María García about US-imposed sterilization policies in Puerto Rico.
Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval

”Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals”


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