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'Belly Of The Beast' Exposes Forced Sterilization In California's Women's Prisons

On this edition of Your Call, we rebroadcast our discussion about Belly of the Beast, a documentary that follows two women who expose modern day eugenics in California prisons. They uncovered sexual assault, inadequate healthcare, and illegal sterilizations.

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, more than 130 female inmates were involuntarily sterilized from 2006 to 2010. In 2014, California banned coerced sterilizations. What will it take to end reproductive injustice in US prisons?


Erika Cohn, award-making filmmaker and director of Belly of the Beast

Angela Tucker, co-producer of Belly of the Beast

Web Resources:

Belly of the Beast

Columbia Spectator: ‘Belly of the Beast’ exposes forced sterilization in the U.S. justice system

The 19th, Ko Bragg, Kate Sosin: Inside the COVID unit at the world’s largest women’s prison

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.