Hundreds of Californians who were forcibly sterilized based on eugenics laws in the last century might still be alive and deserve an apology and financial reparations, a new study concludes.
In a Sacramento government office, historian and lead author Alexandra Minna Stern stumbled across a filing cabinet containing about 20,000 recommendations for eugenics-motivated sterilizations dating from 1919 through 1952.
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The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers’ breasts.
The deaths of 12 women after they underwent sterilization procedures this week have raised serious ethical questions about India’s drive to curb a booming population by paying women who get sterilized. The deaths also exposed the dangerous lack of oversight in India’s $74 billion health care industry.
New Delhi (CNN) — Chhattisgarh is one of India’s most impoverished states, a place where 1,400 rupees (about $23) counts for a lot.
That’s what 83 women received to undergo sterilization surgeries over a six-hour period at a government-run mobile health clinic.
Days later, 11 of them had paid with their lives.
Roopchang Sriwas’ wife was one of them. He told CNN that she developed severe pain and started vomiting the day after her surgery.
Physicians in California prisons illegally sterilized at least 39 women during an eight-year period, with cases recorded as late as 2011, according to a report put out last week by the state’s own auditing office.
Cynthia Chandler, co-founder of the Oakland-based group Justice Now, which has been raising concerns about prison sterilization processes for years, said that the report’s release “feels like an incredible step and vindication for people who work toward challenging human rights abuses.”