RepostBy @nationalblackguide: "RP @magicallymelinated_ - Women were going in for small procedures and leaving without their uteruses.. a procedure so common it became known as the #Mississippi Appendectomy.
#MississippiAppendectomy – A procedure where poor black women were made subject to hysterectomies or tubal ligations against their will and without their knowledge.
#FannieLouHamer coined the term.
She was sterilized without her knowledge or consent in #1961 .
She was given a #hysterectomy while in the hospital for minor surgery.
“[In] the North Sunflower County Hospital, I would say about six out of the 10 #Negro women that go to the hospital are sterilized with the tubes tied,” she told a #Washington , #DC , audience three years later.
During the #1950 ’s family planning initiatives targeted mostly black women encouraging the use of #contraceptives and #sterilizations in the interest of reducing the growth of the black population.
State funding for family planning clinics frequently recieved popular support when associated with women of color, though the same was not true when associated with white women.
#Louisiana judge Leander Perez once said “The best way to hate a nigger is to hate him before he is born.”
Throughout the the #1960s and #1970s , federally funded #welfare state programs underwrote the coercive sterilization of thousands of poor #blackwomen ." ______________
EPISODE: Harriet A. Washington, award-winning medical ethicist, journalist, and author, talks about this in her best-selling book titled, “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present”! Listen as I talk with her about it. Episode at website or click below: