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We Have to Talk About the Ugly History of Eugenics and Medical Racism

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Our Ugly History of Eugenics and Gynecological Medical Abuses of Marginalized People I was so sick to my stomach when I heard that migrant women were being sterilized and/or assaulted by a gynecologist at private prison LaSalle Corrections’ Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia that I could only read headlines of the story for a week.

I just could not take it. For Black women like myself, this is reminiscent of Dr. J. Marion Sims. He was a gynecologist in the 1840s who performed experimental surgeries on Black enslaved women without anesthesia and without their consent.

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