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There are a number of examples in post Civil War America of eugenic programs but none as effective and widespread as the mass female sterilization in Puerto Rico. Beginning in the years following WW I, a program was initiated by the United States government, the medical community and the local government of Puerto Rico, to name a few, which resulted in the unprecedented sterilization of 1/3 of the female population by 1965, and the continued use of sterilization on a broad scale by Puerto Rican women as a form of birth control (Presser 1980).
Not only was this island used as a testing ground for a population control program, but as a laboratory for the pill as well. In 1956, the first birth control pills were tested on Puerto Rican women living in government housing-they were 20 times stronger than the pills used in the U.S. 30 years later (Garcia 1985). Many women became ill, and as Garcia has shown, were completely in the dark that they were being used as guinea pigs for a potentially dangerous drug.
The U.S. still leads the industrialized world in teen pregnancy and birth rates - by a wide margin. In fact, the U.S. rates are double, triple, even ten times those of other western countries, which puts us at a terrible competitive disadvantage in the global economy.3
Originally posted by kukla
There is a serious case of tunnel vision running through this thread. Morality is relative. Let's put things in perspective here..
Where was the religious right and pro-life movement when the U.S was forcing sterilization on Puerto Rican women and testing the first pills?
Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Sorry, I don't visit blogs.
Had you smoked your .38, had you wanted to check out, you wouldn't be at the nboard telling folks about it, for whatever you'd be telling folks about it. The last suicide I went to, that guy wanted to check out. He put two bullets in his head. He wasn't just looking for attention.
By the way, owner of the world, come tell the neighbors to clean their yard up. Take ownership.
Originally posted by mulberryblueshimmer
errrrrrrr dont most babies need to be at least 8 months along to exist outside the womb without help?
Earlier than that they need to be in humidicribs because their lungs arent as developed.