Many of the women sterilized in California were of Mexican origin, came from families disrupted by trans-border migratory patterns and had limited access to education.
Mexican parents of sterilized minors were the most vocal opponents of eugenic sterilization—they took to the courts, the Mexican consulate and the Catholic Church to voice their opposition.
This isn’t surprising, and it joins evidence of disproportionate sterilization of black and American Indian women for many, many decades. Still, it’s good that researchers have gone through the records and have definitive evidence. Also great that they’re going to “create a large-scale digital archive to make this history widely available.”