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No Más Bebés
Mexican-American women fighting for justice after being sterilized against their will
Latina Studies • Reproductive Rights • Civil Rights
American History • Medical Ethics • Race & Ethnicity
2015. A film by Renee Tajima-Peña and Virginia Espino.
53 & 79 Minutes. In English & Spanish with English Subtitles. Includes Captions on 53 Minute Version.
No Más Bebés tells the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County General Hospital during the 1970s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, these mothers stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. Their landmark 1975 civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, asserted that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This EMMY® nominated film lifts up the significant contribution of Chicana activists who sought to redefine reproductive politics--not only as the right to abortion, but also the human right to bear a child. Their demand that the needs of poor women and women of color be heard resonates powerfully, as women’s reproductive choice is under attack and the reproductive justice movement struggles to insure that all women have a voice in the debate.