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Eugenicists Never Retreat, They Just Regroup: Sterilization and Reproductive Oppression in Prisons

Anti-eugenics protest circa 1971, originally published by the Southern Conference Educational Fund

After winning a settlement that opened the door for thousands of women to initiate malpractice lawsuits against Dalkon Shield, the IUD that caused my sterilization, I naively thought we had seen the end of sterilization atrocities. Unfortunately, that is not so, at least in California.

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Morning Roundup: Montana Judge Orders Hysterectomy

Operation Rescue holds breath, stamps feet about Planned Parenthood funding, Arkansas legislature introduces “fetal pain” bill, will GOP choose budget cuts or denial of women’s rights, and a Montana judge orders a hysterectomy against a woman’s will.

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My Confession: My Hysterectomy Was the Right Choice (for me)

I was told, before I had my hysterectomy, that I was a traitor to feminism and a bad person. I’m here now, five years later, to tell you that my hysterectomy was the best medical decision I’ve ever made.

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Overused and Underinformed: The Secrets of the Hysterectomy in the U.S.

Are hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S. undergoing unnecessary hysterectomies without proper informed consent? Women’s health advocate, Rep. Carolyn Maloney says possibly.

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Hysterics: Are Hysterectomies Too Common?

One in three women has a hysterectomy before her sixtieth birthday. Is such major surgery medically necessary for all those women? And if not, how did this procedure become commonplace?

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