New Film Links Forced Sterilization in California Prisons to Horrific History of Eugenics in U.S.
We continue to look at revelations about forced hysterectomies at an ICE facility in Georgia have forced a reckoning with the long history of sterilizations in the U.S. — particularly of Black, Brown, poor and disabled people — and the way this procedure has continued in jails and prisons to the present day. We speak with Kelli Dillon, who was sterilized at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla in 2001 and who is featured in the documentary “Belly of the Beast,” which tells the stories of women subjected to unwanted sterilization behind bars in California, and filmmaker Erika Cohn. The film opens in theaters on October 16 and will premiere on PBS’s “Independent Lens” on November 23.
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