“No Más Bebés” documentary sheds light on healthcare abuse, reproductive rights

Film brings to life the dynamic stories behind a landmark 1975 forced-sterilization lawsuit.


Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña will present her documentary “No Más Bebés (No More Babies)” during a free, public screening 7 p.m., Oct. 25, 2016 at the University of Redlands.

The film shares the story of Mexican immigrant women who unknowingly were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County General Hospital during the 1970s. They sued doctors, the state and the U.S. government. Their landmark 1975 civil rights case, Madrigal v. Quilligan, asserted that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

The screening will be followed by a presentation by Tajima-Peña.

Tajima-Peña’s films on immigration, race and social issues include “Who Killed Vincent Chin,”“My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha,” “Labor Women,” "The New Americans," and "Calavera Highway." Her work has been featured at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the Whitney Biennial. She currently serves as director of the Center of EthnoCommunications at UCLA.

View the “No Más Bebés (No More Babies)” trailer.