'No Más Bebés' Documentary Sheds Light On Involuntary Sterilization Of Mexican Immigrant Mothers

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"No Más Bebés" documentary image. No Más Bebés Facebook

There was a time in history during the late 1960s and early 1970s where some Mexican mothers were force to get involuntary sterilizations after having emergency C-sections. "No Más Bebés," a shocking documentary is now telling the story of the victims of Madrigal v. Quilligan, a historic lawsuit from Los Angeles County, filed by 10 immigrant women who were sterilized without their approval. L.A. County-USC Medical Center officials claimed that the accusations were false, however; some investigations have found that some of the procedures were done to clear society of “undesirables," mitú reports.

"This whole idea of the reproductive justice framework is to make sure that people listen to the needs and the voices of poor women, women of color and immigrant women who’ve been marginalized," Director and producer Renee Tajima-Pena, said to Colorlines. "This film was set during the whole formation of Chicana feminism. It’s like the [the women were in a] triple bind; they'd been marginalized within the feminist movement and the Chicano movement. You have all these young people [involved in the case] who became community leaders. The case was a real touchstone for people who were in their 20s, and who got involved and threw themselves into that fight." Check out the powerful trailer below and learn more about this dark period in history when experts took ‘family planning’ into their own hands.

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Juliana Barrera

Juliana Barrera started her mass communications career in the entertainment business at Estefan Enterprises, where she successfully participated in a variety of projects related to production, marketing and public relations for the company. She worked for three years as a writer and editor at La Vox Media group, the platform for an independent voice for Hispanic America. Additionally, she completed an internship at VIACOM  engaging audiences through pro-social initiatives. 

Juliana is a graduate student from Florida International University, her major is mass communications  and she has a minor in psychology. Her work has been published by HuffPost LatinoVoices, Latin Times, VOXXI, politic 365, La Opinión and others.