Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Study Shows Latinas Disproportionately Targeted for Sterilizations

Posted by on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM

A study by a University of Michigan professor shows that "Latinas in the U.S. have been disproportionately targeted for sterilizations in mental health and health institutions over time."

No doubt. Look, you probably didn't have to even know there was a recent study done if you took a women's studies class in college to believe this continues.

The reality of our fucked up world:

In California alone, the study found, between 3,000 to 4,000 women with Spanish surnames were sterilized in psychiatric institutions and homes for the developmentally disabled mostly from 1922 to 1952. Which is to say, of the 15,000 of the salpingectomies, or removal of the fallopian tubes, that took place on women during this time period in these institutions in California, 20 to 30% of them were targeted on Latinas, according to the study. Men were also targeted with vasectomies.

Minna told Politic365 that racism was at the core of many of these procedures, which were performed most often without consent. And that the eugenics at the core of this behavior, which is both sexist and racist, continues in various forms in today’s U.S. health care system, seen for example in health disparities in the poor, immigrants and non-white ethnic groups.

“It’s an mportant component of the racism that Latina/os faced in California. Our research suggests that Mexican-origin women were disproportionately sterilized, institutionalized, and labeled as ‘feebleminded’ or ‘developmentally disabled,’” she said.

[Politic365]

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