Consent, Choice, Agency
Documentary Film Series at the CSGS, Spring 2016
The series will explore sex, violence and reproduction in contexts of law, medicine, culture and identity: the chipping away of abortion rights and the war on Planned Parenthood, sterilization abuse and sexual shaming which aim to control women’s sexuality, sexual pleasure, and reproduction and the possibilities embodied in making families and parenting across gender lines.
No Mas Bebes (Renee Tajima-Peña, 2015, 79 min.)
The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP), University of Chicago Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Ci3 will screen No Más Bebés, a documentary about a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized without consent while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Set against a debate over the impact of Latino immigration and overpopulation, and the birth of a movement for Chicana rights and reproductive choice, No Más Bebés revisits a powerful story that still resonates today. Introduced by Claudia Flores, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, formerly a United Nations legal advisor and attorney with the ACLU National’s Women’s Rights Project.
More info on eugenics programs in the U.S.: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/unwantedsterilization-and-eugenics-programs-in-the-united-states/