Between 1907-79, some 30 states adopted compulsory sterilization
statutes that were based on widespread acceptance of eugenics, the flawed assumption born of the 19th century mind of Englishman Francis Galton that mental illness, physical disability, and even criminal behavior were inherited characteristics.
America, to its great shame, was in many ways the vanguard of the movement: 31 states passed compulsory sterilization
laws in the early 1900s; over 62,000 individuals were sterilized before these practices ended in the 1970s.
In the United Kingdom, Marie Stopes said that she would "legislate compulsory sterilization
of the insane, feeble-minded, revolutionary, and half castes.
The activities of Draper's group encouraged the State Legislatures to enact measures supporting the compulsory sterilization
of 75,000 individuals who should not be allowed to breed.
Gender and Compulsory Sterilization
Programs in America: 19071950.
Although the eugenicists "advocated compulsory sterilization
for criminals, sex deviants, and the feebleminded," (1) many poor women were sterilized for the simple or flimsy reason as "being considered [too] lazy or [too] promiscuous.
Bell of 1927 (which dealt with compulsory sterilization
to prevent transmitting "imbecility"); Skinner v.
Here, "McGoohan" and two chorusing, intermittently bored henchpersons, all in Prisoner-style uniforms, perform a totalitarian rant, addressed to the "spastics" who will comprise their constituency, on topics like the impossibility of widespread success and compulsory sterilization
of women and children, taking in Goethe's conception of horticulture along the way.
They insist they do not approve of forced abortion in China yet drag their feet when pro-life Presidents attempt to prevent American tax dollars from underwriting organizations which work hand in glove with those who run forced abortion and compulsory sterilization
was considered negative eugenics (Larson, 2002).
It also examines some of the correspondences that exist between past and present discussions about compulsory sterilization
, in particular the co-existence of individual and social reasons for sterilization.
Bell case, which affirmed the constitutionality of laws authorizing the compulsory sterilization
of so-called "feeble-minded" residents of state institutions, moral theologian and priest John A.