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Reproductive Justice

This guide empowers learners to engage with topics and issues relating to reproductive rights and justice

Selected Books: Fertility

Select Films

Black and white collaged images of headshots of a woman and man, a woman lying on a hospital gurney, and a girl holding a picket sign. The text No Más Bebés: When doctors think they know better appears on the left side of the page.

No Más Bebés

54 min

This film tells the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County General Hospital during the 1970s. 

Link to catalog for Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast

1 hr 21 min

When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. 

link to catalog record for The State of Eugenics

The State of Eugenics

55 min

Between 1933 and 1974, North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs in the world, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women and children. As survivors’ stories unfold in the film, a new effort to atone for the wrongs done to them emerges.

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Suggested Keywords and Subject Terms

Below you will find a list of suggested subjects and keywords you can use to search for this topic. This is not a comprehensive list, just a way to get you started searching.

CINAHL Subject Headings:

  • Fertility
  • Fertility Agents
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Fertility Clinics
  • Fertilization in Vitro
  • Sterilization, Sexual
  • Sterilization, Tubal
  • Infertility

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):

  • Fertility
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Fertility Agents, Male
  • Fertility Agents, Female
  • Fertility Agents
  • Sterilization, Involuntary
  • Infertility
  • Infertility, Male
  • Infertility, Female