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The Long and Sordid History of Forced Sterilization Programs

The whistleblower nurse in Georgia told a grim story that’s been a part of American history for decades

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Charmaine Fuller Cooper was outraged — but not surprised — when she heard recent allegations that a Georgia detention center performed medically questionable hysterectomies on undocumented…

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Dr. Cynthia R. Greenlee

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