Although this may not come as a surprise, the current battles over reproductive rights in the United States have a deep-rooted history. Between 1971-1974, 10 Mexican women were coerced and deliberately misinformed into sterilization by medical doctors at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center while undergoing emergency Cesarean deliveries.
In No Mas Bebés (or No More Babies), an hour-long PBS documentary that debuted this week, award-winning director Renee Tajima-Peña and producer Virginia Espino retrace the haunting 1975 legal battle of Madrigral v. Quilligan to tell the victims’ stories.
At about 2 a.m. on Jan. 22, Charles McKinney, 41, reportedly approached 29-year-oldJanese Talton-Jackson at a Pittsburgh bar to ask her for a date. Police say Talton-Jackson rejected McKinney’s advances, then left the bar. When she did, McKinney followed her outside, shot her in the chest and fled. Talton-Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene. McKinney was later apprehended after being shot by police and has been charged with homicide. Janese Talton-Jackson’s death is not an anomaly.