A Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California’s Sterilization Program

color postcard of state hospital in CA
A postcard of Patton State Hospital, which sterilized thousands of patients in California
Date: 
01/03/2017
color postcard of state hospital in CA
A postcard of Patton State Hospital, which sterilized thousands of patients in California

January 3, 2017

The Atlantic recently published an article about Professor Alexandra Minna Stern's work on forced sterilizations in California. 

Stern and colleagues spent several years combing through thousands of records of sterilizations carried out in California psychiatric institutions—which disproportionately affected poor and minority patients in the state. Some of the 20,000 victims are still alive today, and Stern's recently published paper has prompted discussion about compensation.

Stern also co-directs the Reproductive Justice Faculty Program at IRWG.

Read the full article from The Atlanitc. 

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