I just want it to be over. I just want it to be over. – Elaine Riddick, sterilization survivor.
Among the ugliest and perhaps most underreported incidents in the fight for reproductive access and justice is forced sterilization. The practice, which began out of the eugenics movement to “weed out” bad genes, turned into a powerful tool used to forcefully enact racist, sexist, and ableist sterilization against many communities.