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California Stopped Forcibly Sterilizing People Less Than 40 Years Ago And Now They Might Not Pass A Bill Offering Reparations

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California lawmakers are working to pass a bill that could potentially change the lives of the remaining survivors of state-sponsored forced sterilization. The bill, Senate Bill 1190 Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program, would entitle victims of the former sterilization program to monetary compensation for the forced sterilizations they experienced under a California law from 1909 to 1979.

After 40 years since the practice ended, victims of California’s forced sterilization program might get monetary compensation.

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Senate Bill 1190 Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program would be “implemented by the California Victim Compensation Board for the purpose of providing victim compensation to any survivor of state-sponsored sterilization conducted pursuant to eugenics laws that existed in the State of California between 1909 and 1979,” according to the bill.

California’s eugenics law allowed for medical professionals to prevent certain people from reproducing if they were believed to be undesirable. According to The Washington Post, the practice of eugenics in the U.S. began in Indiana state prisons and spread to 32 states. The programs began by targeting people with mental illness, disabilities, or anyone showing abnormal behavior. The practice then morphed to include people of certain races and ethnicities. The practice was often referred to as ‘better breeding.’

Doctors sterilized many of the women without their consent or knowledge.

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California targeted low-income, immigrant Latinx families that couldn’t speak English in order to manipulate them into signing forms to approve sterilization procedures. When pregnant women arrived at hospitals to give birth via C-Section, the mothers would wake up and find out their tubes had been cut without their consent. The mothers were left feeling ashamed, often hiding what had happened from their family members.

A group of Mexican-American women brought a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC + USC) Medical Center in 1975 because of the sterilizations.

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In 1975, Dolores Madrigal and her attorney, Antonia Hernandez, took the LAC + USC Medical Center to federal court after Madrigal found out she was forcibly sterilized by doctors. Unfortunately, Madrigal wasn’t the only person to experience forced sterilization. More than 20,000 others had similar stories. Unfortunately, the court ruled that the charges weren’t true and left the women with no justice for what they had endured.

The documentary No Más Bebés chronicles the lives of these women, the case and the women who continued to be be sterilized without consent.

The law changed four years later in 1979 under the leadership of Gov. Jerry Brown. Gov. Gray Davis formally apologized for the eugenics law that devastated thousands of Californians.

SB 1190 has been placed on a appropriations suspension. According to the California League of Cities, “suspense file is a holding placing for bills with significant fiscal impacts. Bills are generally held on the suspense file before each fiscal deadline so that each House can evaluate the total impacts to the state. Bills which are moved out of suspense then go to the floor while bills held in suspense die.”

California would join other states in rectifying previous eugenics practices if the bill is passed.

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North Carolina and Virginia passed similar legislation in 2013, setting aside $10 million and $25,000 for sterilization victims, respectively.

On April 30, 2018 the California bill was placed on the Appropriations Suspense file, or in other words, “where bills go to die.” There may be little chance of it passing this legislative session.


READ: A New Documentary Tells the Story of Latinas Who Were Sterilized Without Knowing It

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20 Designs For Your Baby Hairs That’ll Look Even Better Than When Momma Did It

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20 Designs For Your Baby Hairs That’ll Look Even Better Than When Momma Did It

Those of us blessed with flyaway on our hairlines know the potential our little baby hairs hold. Years of training have given us the ability to sculpt out spirals and designs capable of giving any artist a run for their money. All we need is the right oil and brush. (Seriously, though when is MOMA gonna do a baby hairs exhibit???)

Here are nine style inspirations for the naturally built-in hair accessory that graces our hairlines.

1. Some know how to lay their baby hairs out so properly that they swirl and twirl.

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2. The hard work that went into these mini babes deserves a moment of silence TBH.

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Shine, and swirl in just a few small strokes. Subtlety never looked so good.

3. These suave hairs are ready to hit the dance floor.

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Seriously all that side ripple has me wanting to pull on some ruffles and drop a one-step.

4. Slicked down and ready for tonight.

If Queen J.Lo’s edges don’t give you life then IDK what counts as air anymore.

5. These whirly edges give life to an already lively bounce.

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Back up gente these bad boys got force and power.

6. These baby hairs help embrace the sideburn power.

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I’ve been putting a razor to my sides for ages but now I gotta try this, look out! #burningitup

7. These slick edges give us major Starry Night vibes.

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Look me in the eye and tell me those spirals aren’t a piece of art.

8. But this is the ultimate lesson on how baby hairs can be chic AF when allowed to do their own thing.

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I’m about to turn this look into a habit.

9. And finally, look at these gentle baby hairs that shut down the “are afros elegant” debate.

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Elegant AF, boo.

10. Time for the brush and swirl ladies!

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Break out for summer because these babies are fabulous! 

11.  Need tips on how to be a jefa?

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Start with the swish and press of your mini brush and start carving out baby hairs. That’s how.

12. This 3D baby hair press is everything.

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These swirly baby curls will give you major flamenco vibes for any party you head out to.

13. Braids look even cuter with a sweet baby curl whirl

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Literally this chica could whip her hair back and forth and the Moco de Gorilla on those baby hairs would still keep them in place.

14. Delicate baby hair tresses

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Love how she keeps her edges down on her edges. Such a sweet and delicate look.

15.  Those lashes and baby hairs showed UP

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Seriously my best day would be one where I had a look like this.

16. Girl where are you going looking like a boss with those hairs?

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Este chica giving off so many Caribbeana vibes with her hair wrapped up and one of the flyest curls an edge has seen.

17. These peek-a-boo hairs

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These delicate curls are artfully tucked into her hair wrap but still lovingly shown off.

18. Literally these swirl strokes are like a delicate painting.

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Seriously getting a starry night vision with this look.

19. These feather babes

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The strokes of an angel literally showed up for this chica’s baby hair dreams.

20. These slick slaying hairs

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These sweetly brushed baby hairs will never get away from my mind. So sweet.


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