NYC Liberation Flicks: No Mas Bebes

March 31, 2017 at 7pm - 10pm
Justice Center en el Barrio
1637 Park Ave
#3
New York, NY 10029
United States
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Join us this month for a special screening of No Más Bebés in honor of International Women's Day.

No Más Bebés tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

Marginalized and fearful, many of these mothers spoke no English, and charged that they had been coerced into tubal ligation — having their tubes tied — by doctors during the late stages of labor. Often the procedure was performed after asking the mothers under duress.

The mothers’ cause was eventually taken up by a young Chicana lawyer armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing doctor. In their landmark 1975 civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, they argued that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

The filmmakers spent five years tracking down sterilized mothers and witnesses. Most were reluctant at first to come forward, but ultimately agreed to tell their story. The struggle over sterilization is an often-overlooked aspect of the battles over immigration and population growth, the birth of a movement for Chicana rights and reproductive justice.

You won't want to miss this very important film! Suggested donation is $5.00, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

32 RSVPS
June July Alexander Hu Bambina Alonzo Julie Norris Taylor Williams Rothbell Alejandro LaTorre Joshua Peabody Maria Paula Rodriguez Ali Glembocki David Jamesnovitch Vincent Tsai John Beacham Andrea Conde Ayot Mamdmb Raheema Kadwa Lanai Daniels Angely Paulino Karina Garcia George Zacatelco Monica Cruz Malaika Elias Henry Cames Hank Broege Amanda Velez Genesis Sanchez Antoinette Legnini Sapphira Lurie Nick Rago Shahela Begum Yanina Calderon Rosalia Carrera

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Alexander Hu
Bambina Alonzo
Julie Norris
Taylor Williams Rothbell
Alejandro LaTorre
Joshua Peabody
Maria Paula Rodriguez
Ali Glembocki
David Jamesnovitch
Vincent Tsai
John Beacham
Andrea Conde
Ayot Mamdmb
Raheema Kadwa
Lanai Daniels
Angely Paulino
Karina Garcia
George Zacatelco
Monica Cruz
Malaika Elias
Henry Cames
Hank Broege
Amanda Velez
Genesis Sanchez
Antoinette Legnini
Sapphira Lurie
Nick Rago
Shahela Begum
Yanina Calderon

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