Eugenics and Population Control

The right to choose not to have children is only a part of the fight for reproductive freedom. The state has an ongoing history of policing communities of color by denying access to reproductive services, forced sterilizations, and controlling family formation through social services and legislation of those deemed by the state as “unfit to parent.” Panelists will analyze state intervention through a historical and medical lens; the targeting of women of color, incarcerated women, and disabled people; and the politicized messaging around immigration as a scare tactic for population control. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the right to birth and parent as an integral component of reproductive justice.


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