“Belly of the Beast” Exposes Modern-Day Eugenics

Kelli Dillon longed to have a second chance at motherhood upon her release from prison.
Instead, she was told she might have cancer, was chained, and lined up with 4 other prisoners for “assembly-line” surgery.
But that was a lie: She’d been intentionally sterilized. She learned this with the help of Justice Now, a nonprofit.
A new PBS documentary, “Belly of the Beast,” shares Dillon’s story and a years-long effort to hold California prisons accountable for forced sterilizations that recall the eugenics movement.
The Quote: “Did this happen because I was African American? Did it happen to me because I was a woman? Did it happen to me because I was an inmate? Or did it happen to me because I was all three?” Dillon asks.

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