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Unformatted text preview: • • 1927: Buck v. Bell o Carrie Buck, 17, white woman was raped and became pregnant. o Because she had a child out of wedlock she was considered unfit to be a parent o Under a compulsory sterilization law in Virginia, Buck was sterilized. o U.S. Supreme Court upheld the eugenics law: 8 to 1 verdict o Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “three generations of imbeciles was enough” • Beliefs in Racial Superiority o 30 states had compulsory sterilization laws o 1974: Virginia sterilization law repealed o 1980s: Catholics and women right activists united to repeal sterilization laws • • •...
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- Spring '08
- Compulsory sterilization, Buck v. Bell