Between the 1930s and the 1970s, approximately one-third of the female population of Puerto Rico was sterilized, making it highest rate of sterilization in the world. Despite the high rate of sterilizations, the dark history of these operations remains understudied and hidden in the shadows of history. Some argue that the pressure to increase sterilization procedures was a targeted practice to decrease the high level of poverty and unemployment. The government blamed these issues on overpopulation on the island.
While it may seem shocking, throughout the history of the United States there have been multiple policies that have allowed for the forced sterilization of marginalized communities and minority groups such as prison inmates, the mentally handicapped, African-Americans, and La