When Doctors Took ‘Family Planning’ Into Their Own Hands

Dolores Madrigal remembered being told that her sterilization could be reversed. Jovita Rivera and Georgina Hernández said they were bullied by doctors and nurses who declared their children burdens on California taxpayers. Melvina Hernandez did not find out that her tubes had been cut until four years after her son was born.

Review: In ‘No Más Bebés,’ Forced Sterilizations at an American Hospital

Outrage may be America’s leading source of energy right now, and it seems endlessly renewable. “No Más Bebés” adds to the supply but in an understated, melancholy way that leaves you more sad than angry.

Sterilized against their will in a Los Angeles hospital: Latinas tell the story in a new film

The doctors and nurses told Melvina Hernández that the decision was a matter of life or death for her and for her baby ready to be born: She needed an emergency Caesarean section. They also wanted her consent for one other procedure.

Cepeda: Our terrible history of forced sterilizations

The English language is so flexible — so bedeviling, even — that the word "tie" can actually mean "cut." "Sterilization" can mean "cleaning" but also the impeding of the ability to produce offspring.

'No Mas Bebés' Casts Light on Medical Sterilizations

The former building of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center loomed large in historian Virginia Espino's childhood experience of Los Angeles. While growing up in Highland Park in the 1970s, she remembers that from almost any vantage point in the surrounding neighborhoods, there sat this imposing structure, one people in the area referred to as "County."

'Diversity doesn't just happen': Six women in film discuss the challenges ahead

When a U.S. senator praises a movie studio for hiring two women, a Hollywood issue has officially entered the wider conversation. Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a note to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara recently, commending the studio on its selection of women to direct the films "Wonder Woman" and "Unforgettable."

'No Más Bebés' revives 1975 forced-sterilization lawsuit in L.A.

Waiting for an emergency cesarean section, Consuelo Hermosillo sat in pain on a gurney in the hallway of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center . At 23, Hermosillo was having her third child with her husband. But before she could be seen by the doctor, she was asked to sign papers consenting to sterilization.

5 Flicks to Check Out at the L.A. Film Festival - Los Angeles Magazine

Still from "Aram, Aram" Little Armenia, women in Hollywood, basketball, and a dark chapter in medical history The unseasonable chill may mean it doesn't feel like summer, but we've still got a familiar summer event to look forward to: the Los Angeles Film Festival.

LAFF 2015 Women Directors: Meet Renee Tajima-Peña - 'No Más Bebés'

Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose directing credits include "Calavera Highway," a road movie influenced by the novelist Juan Rulfo, about her husband Armando Peña's journey to bring his mother's ashes back to South Texas; "The Mexico Story" of the "New Americans" series; "Labor Women"; "Skate Manzanar" (performance and installation); the Sundance award-winning "My America...

The L.A. Woman Questionnaire: Renee Tajima-Peña - Los Angeles Magazine

The director and professor is dedicated to helping others tell their stories Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña has called Los Angeles home for decades (she moved here when she was eight), but she's a Chicagoan at heart-at least when it comes to sports. "I'm still a Cubs fan, Bears fan, Bulls fan, Blackhawks fan-the whole nine yards.

L.A. Film Fest 2015: 10 Movies to See

The Los Angeles Film Festival may not be every bit as sprawling and diverse as L.A. itself, but it's pretty damn close. Thirty-five countries are represented among the 74 features and 60 shorts in this year's lineup, with movies directed by women and/or filmmakers of color accounting for nearly half...

Cultura en Austin's Top November Events

Up until a few years ago, I never really thought about the strength my mother must have had as a young newlywed wife to leave the small Mexican town where she grew up and immigrate to one of the largest cities in America. In Chicago, she built a new life with my father.

‘No Más Bebés’ Exposes The Involuntary Sterilization Of Immigrant Women

In 1975, a group of 10 Mexican women sued LA county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government, claiming medical staff coerced, forced and tricked them into getting tubal ligations immediately after giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Now, more than four decades later, their little-known story is being shared with the public in the documentary film “No Más Bebés.”

No Más Bebés and the Continued Pursuit to Control the Bodies of Poor Women of Color in the US

On February first, No Más Bebés, a documentary directed by Renee Tajima-Peña and produced by Virginia Espino, premiered on the award winning PBS series, Independent Lens. The film tells the story of the women behind Madrigal v. Quilligan, a little known case even within the reproductive health advocate community, but one that sheds light on the continued effort to control the bodies of poor women in this country.

America’s secret history of forced sterilization: Remembering a disturbing and not-so-distant past

A stunning new documentary details how the government and doctors worked together to sterilize poor women of color

White Feminism Downplayed California’s Coerced Sterilization of Latinas in the ’70s

In the early 1970s, as feminists advocated for abortion rights in the lead-up to Roe v. Wade, an L.A. county hospital was years into a federally funded population-control program that targeted poor Mexican American women for sterilization when they came to the hospital to give birth. Several only learned years later that they’d had tubal ligations without their consent; 10 testified against the head of the hospital’s OB-GYN program in a federal class-action lawsuit.

A Group of Mexican Immigrant Women Were Sterilized Without Their Consent. Can a New Film Bring Justice?

No Más Bebés brings dignity and a sense of power to the mothers the law ignored.

The Film ‘No Más Bebés’ Gives Reproductive-Justice Advocates Fuel for Today’s Fights

The forced sterilizations depicted in the movie are anything but ancient history.

Film Portrays A 'Perfect Storm' That Led To Unwanted Sterilizations For Many Latinas

About 40 years ago, when she was 24, Consuelo Hermosillo had an emergency caesarean section at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. In the new documentary No Más Bebés, she recalls asking her doctor what type of birth control she should use going forward.

Sterilized Without Knowing: How Family Planning Programs Went Wrong in 1970s LA

In the 1970s, Consuelo Hermosillo’s contractions started early by about 20 days. She ended up at Los Angeles County Hospital. It was a large, teaching hospital with a strange reputation. It was Consuelo’s third baby. And her last.

No Mas Bebes

A new documentary called "No Mas Bebes" tells the story of 10 women who sued the LA County Hospital for sterilizing them without their consent.

Documentary, No Mas Bebes, Tells Story of Forced Sterilizations of Latinas in 60s, 70s

A new documentary airing shortly on PBS, covers a grisly era of California history – the forced sterilization of untold numbers of poor, mostly Latino, Spanish-speaking women, in the 1960s and 70s. No Mas Bebes tells the story of how ten women, led by a courageous attorney, sued doctors at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center over tubal ligation procedures that were conducted on them without their knowledge.

How the Los Angeles Women Sterilized Against Their Will Fought Back

Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña joins us to talk about her documentary "No Más Bebés" which investigates the forced sterilization of Mexican immigrant women in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 70s and recounts how several of the women organized and fought back.

Documental "No más bebés" relata polémica esterilización de latinas en California

Nuevo documental "No más bebés" relata la polémica historia de esterilizaciones no deseadas de latinas en California.

Sterilization Abuse Documentary 'No Más Bebés' Premieres on PBS

PBS is now airing the story of sterilization abuse against Mexican-American women at a Los Angeles hospital in the 1970s.

Women sterilized against their will at L.A. maternity ward tell their stories

For many low-income residents, the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center was a beacon of hope. It’s where low-income Angelenos went to get better. Marilyn Monroe is said to have been born in the charity ward of the county hospital in 1926.

We can’t ignore the ugly fact of forced sterilizations in the U.S.

This week, I had the challenging experience of watching No Más Bebés (No More Babies), a documentary on the forced sterilization of Latina women at a California hospital in the 1970s.

'No Más Bebés' Sterilized Without Consent

AS THE STRUGGLE FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS CONTINUES, WE MIGHT LOOK BACK ON HISTORY IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF DENYING WOMEN SOVEREIGNTY OVER THEIR OWN BODIES.

Renee Tajima-Peña & Virginia Espino: The Women Behind No Más Bebés

No Más Bebés is the forthcoming documentary from director Renee Tajima-Peña and producer Virginia Espino. The documentary takes an intimate look at the lives of the Mexican-American women of Los Angeles who were forcibly sterilized in the 1970s.

A Conversation With ‘No Más Bebés’ Filmmakers Virginia Espino and Renee Tajima-Peña

A new generation can now hear from some of the women coerced into sterilization at Los Angeles County General Hospital in the 1970s in the documentary No Más Bebés ("No More Babies"), airing on PBS tonight.

‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)

A new documentary airing soon on PBS covers a grisly era of California history—the forced sterilization of untold numbers of poor, mostly Latino, Spanish-speaking women in the 1960s and 70s in Los Angeles.

A Conversation With ‘No Más Bebés’ Filmmakers Virginia Espino and Renee Tajima-Peña

PBS brings a new documentary, No Más Bebés, which explores the stories of 10 immigrant Latinas who sued LA county doctors, the U.S. government and the state of California back in 1975 for violating their civil rights. The women were either sterilized without being fully aware of what the procedure meant or threatened to sign off on the operation, or expect her unborn child to die.

Investigating Forced Sterilization

Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña joins us to look back at a horrifying American moment when during the ’60s and ’70s, thousands of women were sterilized against their will in public hospitals and clinics.

The forced sterilization of Latino women

Renee Tajima-Peña talks about her documentary, No Más Bebés, which tells the powerful story of Latino women who were sterilized without their knowledge more than four decades ago.

‘No Más Bebés’ Looks Back at L.A. Mexican Moms’ Involuntary Sterilizations

A very painful episode in the Los Angeles, California Mexican-American community is the subject of a documentary airing Monday, Feb. 1 on PBS.

Documental recrea polémica esterilización de latinas en años 70 en California

Mujeres embarazadas, la mayoría latinas, acudieron a finales de los años 60 y principios de los 70 a dar a luz al hospital estadounidense Los Angeles County-USC y, tras complicaciones en el parto, volvieron esterilizadas a sus casas, en muchos casos sin saberlo.

Mujeres esterilizadas sin saber

Fue un tiempo oscuro para la comunidad hispana, pues mujeres que fueron a dar luz en un hospital regresaron a casa sin saber que ya no podrían tener más hijos.

Documental "No más bebés" relata polémica esterilización de latinas en California

Nuevo documental "No más bebés" relata la polémica historia de esterilizaciones no deseadas de latinas en California.

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