Yet another hospital may give up emergency contraception, sterilizations and abortions that threaten a woman’s health in order to partner up and save money.
From the early 1900s up until the 1970’s, over 30 states had formal eugenics programs, that enforced compulsory sterilization of individuals deemed to be “unfit” and “promiscuous.” States sterilized people that were disabled, poor, people of color, and immigrants. North Carolina had a particularly aggressive program. Yet the silence from anti-choice groups on the issue is deafening.
A judge in Massachusetts was reprimanded for going too far in his decisions regarding a pregnant woman suffering from schizophrenia.
Coercive sterilizations and castration are at the extreme end of a spectrum that also includes criminal sanctions for drug use during pregnancy and barring LBGT individuals from in-vitro fertilization services and adoption, as well as a host of other policies geared at making pregnancy and parenting difficult for those deemed unworthy.
The Louisana Representative pushing for a full abortion ban once wanted to pay women to have their tubes tied.
An overview of a presentation I provided for Semana de la Latina at the University of Maryland on Latina sexualities.
The Catholic Church inadvertently pushed women toward sterilization rather than risk committing a continuous offense against the Church.
Project Prevention pays low-income, drug-addicted women to get sterilized or use a long-term form of contraception. Is it coercion or simply “reproductive choice?”
Activists fighting on behalf of access to high-quality sexual and reproductive healthcare are watching Namibia’s courts to see if good precedent will be set on forced sterilization.
The anti-choice movement uses false concern about women of color in a classic effort to divide-and-conquer. Reproductive justice advocates say thanks but no thanks…we’ve got it covered.