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For Their Own Good (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 5 April 1993
A factory worker gets an ultimatum from her employer that she agree to be sterilized or be fired.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Wheeler
Jo Mandell
Naomi Brinker
Roy Wheeler
Clark Thompson
Jim Davis
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A factory worker gets an ultimatum from her employer that she agree to be sterilized or be fired.

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It's either their jobs or their own children. A shocking true story.




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5 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Farben des Todes  »

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Unbelievable story of abuse by husband and factory.
5 June 2010 | by (Madison, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

Abused by her husband, and by the factory where she and several other woman worked with hazardous chemicals Sally was faced with a forced sterilization or lose her job. Jobs were hard to find so it was traumatic to live in fear of losing her livelihood.


Elizabeth Perkins does an excellent job of portraying Sally who is being pressed on all sides simultaneously. She is faced with divorce, losing her only son, and unemployment. All this after submitting to a sterilization that she did not want.

Laura San Giacomo plays the lawyer representing the women from the factory who were coerced into being sterilized and later fired in spite of it all. I actually like her personality even though I have sometimes had issue with the ACLU. In this instance the ACLU comes across as fighting the good fight for people who were wronged by a large corporation.

Sally's husband struck me as the kind of man who was intimidated by his wife working and making as much or more money as him. He would have been content to live with less money and a wife closer to home. Although the first time Sally barfed up blue slime she should have quit the next day. Evidence of what some people will subject themselves to in the hope of a better life. But is having a bit more spending money truly a better life?

There are numerous benefits to be had with a mother who is able to be home. To the credit of women, households just seem to be more orderly and run smoother with a stay at home mom. The women I have known were all much better home makers than I.

This was a good movie. It portrayed several aspects of life, good and bad alike.

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