X marks the spot

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X marks the spot

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X marks the spot

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In 1973, the case of two young black girls in Alabama brought awareness about the issue of sterilization abuse against black women living in the South. The #Relf sisters, were 12 and 14-years-old. They were the youngest of six children born to a struggling family.

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The sisters had been declared mentally incompetent by an Alabama physician who subsequently went ahead and sterilized them using Federal money to pay for the girls procedures.

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Their mother, who had very little education and was illiterate, signed an "X" (which was used for as a signature for blacks who could not read or write)   on a piece of paper, expecting her daughters, who were both mentally disabled, would be given birth control shots.

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Instead, the young women were surgically sterilized and robbed of their right to ever bear children of their own.

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The Relf sisters exposed the wide-spread sterilization abuse funded by the federal government and practiced for decades. The district court found an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 poor people were sterilized annually under federally-funded programs.

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Countless others were forced to agree to be sterilized when doctors threatened to terminate their welfare benefits unless they consented to the procedures.

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The lawsuit's exposure led to the requirement that doctors obtain "informed consent" before performing sterilization procedures.

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