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From Mrs. Hamer to ICE Detainees: Hysterectomies Recall a Long History of Forced Sterilizations

A whistleblower says a doctor in a Georgia prison was sterilizing ICE-detained immigrant women without their permission. This is not new in the U.S. where Latina, Indigenous and Black women have long been forcibly sterilized. This eugenics was so common in Mississippi in the 1960s, in fact, that civil-rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer called it the “Mississippi Appendectomy” after it happened to her.

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