The History of Forced Sterilization in the United States

In 2013, thanks to the Center for Investigative Reporting, it came to light that dozens of female inmates in California had been illegally sterilized in recent years. The story was a salient reminder that forced sterilization, an issue that tends to be viewed as a tragic-but-past occurrence, continues today.

Sterilization abuse includes situations in which a woman does not know she is being sterilized as well as when she is coerced or deceived in order to … More