By Professor Iris Lopez
In "Matters of Choice," Iris Lopez offers a finished research of the dichotomous perspectives that experience portrayed sterilization both as a part of a coercive application of inhabitants regulate or as a method of voluntary, even releasing, fertility keep watch over by means of person ladies. Drawing upon her twenty-five years of analysis on sterilized Puerto Rican ladies from 5 diverse households in Brooklyn, Lopez untangles the interaction among how ladies make fertility judgements and their social, monetary, cultural, and ancient constraints.
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The Origins of Puerto Rico’s Birth Control Movement: 1925–1948 Puerto Rico’s birth control movement and the Puerto Rican community’s predisposition toward la operación developed intrinsically within this framework of political, economic, ideological, and social constraints. From the onset of the twentieth century, the development of Puerto Rico’s birth control movement was based on the premise that Puerto Rico’s poverty and underdevelopment were caused by overpopulation and that the eugenic and neo-Malthusian ideologies provided the solution.
Because the fathers would make these babies and then abandon the women, and the children had nothing to eat, and look at the situation they would come to. Children had nothing to eat. Nothing. Everything was a disaster. I was a young girl when my mother assisted other women in giving birth. She would say to me: “bring me whatever old clothing we have to lay so and so on the floor because she is such a poor soul she has no bed. I brought her whatever clothing I could find and some chicken broth as well.
According to Briggs, “This Association was so similar to the federally funded Maternal Health clinic that Gamble hired most of the same individuals who worked for the previous clinic” (Briggs 2002, 102). Ultimately Gamble’s goal was to corner the birth control market. Gamble’s motives were self-serving. Briggs found that with this association he promoted his own private stock of spermicidal jellies that he wanted to test instead of funding the more reliable diaphragms that were already on the market.