True Story: Arizona Republican Suggested 'Sterilizing Women As A Condition For Receiving Food Stamps'

  • by: Jeremy Smith

A story from 2014 involving former state senator Russell Pearce is trending on the internet again, only this time with some completely false information. The currently trending republished story comes from a website that bills itself as "JUST ENOUGH NEWS... Newslo is the first hybrid News/Satire platform on the web," which explains the COMPLETELY FALSE second half of the story.

Two years ago, on his KKNT 960 AM The Russell Pearce Show, "Pearce declared: "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations...Then we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job."

Shortly after speaking on the show, "the far-right former lawmaker who helped push Arizona's "papers please" immigration law has resigned as a top official with the state GOP after making comments about sterilizing poor women." Below is a clip of the 2014 show:

Lead Stories is unsure of the motive for republishing this old story, other than the fact that it is a political season and Russell Pearce a very controversial Republican, especially for his stance on immigration. Last year Pearce stated that he would be happy to run as Donald Trump's running mate, though The Donald never asked.

Jeremy Smith is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is an editor at Lead Stories,, mainly focusing on debunking hoax stories. 

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