"No Más Bebés" details the history of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice in the Madrigal v. Quilligan case about the forced sterilization of Mexican-American women in LA.
June 12, 2015
Organizations mentioned/involved: Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice (LACLJ)
“No Más Bebés, by filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña, premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14.
The film is about Antonia Hernández and Charles Nabarette from the fledgling Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and future LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina in their 1975 case Madrigal v. Quilligan about the forced sterilization of Mexican-American women at Los Angeles County-USC hospital.
Involuntary sterilizations had been happening at public health institutions around the country and in developing countries through foreign aid from the US, but particularly to poor, rural, people of color: poor Appalachian women, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, and Southern blacks. Hernández and Nabarette’s lawsuit argued that their plaintiffs had the right to have children due to Roe v. Wade.Tags: Access to Justice, Health Care, Language Access, Minorities: Hispanic/Latino, Women