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  • 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 LA County-USC

    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 LA County-USC

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  • Maria Figueroa returns to the maternity ward at Los Angeles county hospital.

    Maria Figueroa returns to the maternity ward at Los Angeles county hospital.

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  • Plaintiff Maria Hurtado and her husband, Salvador

    Plaintiff Maria Hurtado and her husband, Salvador

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  • Lead Plaintiff Dolores Madrigal (left) and attorney Antonia Hernández (right) at a press conference announcing the 1975 lawsuit Madrigal v. Quilligan    

    Lead Plaintiff Dolores Madrigal (left) and attorney Antonia Hernández (right) at a press conference announcing the 1975 lawsuit Madrigal v. Quilligan    

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  • Plaintiff Maria Figueroa at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles

    Plaintiff Maria Figueroa at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles

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  • Maria Hurtado in the abandoned maternity ward of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center

    Maria Hurtado in the abandoned maternity ward of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center

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  • Producer/Director Renee Tajima-Pena

    Producer/Director Renee Tajima-Pena

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  • Producer Virginia Espino

    Producer Virginia Espino

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The Film

No Más Bebés investigates the history of Mexican-American women who were coercively sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and 1970s. Many of the mothers spoke no English, and were pushed into tubal ligations in the late stages of labor — often based on little more than the question “More babies?” The program follows a group of mothers, young Chicana lawyers, and a whistle-blowing doctor who stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.

The Filmmakers

  1. Renee Tajima-PeñaProducer/Director
  2. Virginia EspinoProducer