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Unformatted text preview: U.S. Const. amend. XIV . The court held that the state could properly sterilize those determined to be feeble minded to prevent the birth of feeble minded children who might lead lives of crime or indigency. The fact that the sterilization order procedure only applied to inmates in state facilities and not to the general public did not deprive the inmates of equal protection. OUTCOME: The court affirmed the state supreme court's judgment. The hearing procedure provided before sterilization of those deemed to be feeble minded satisfied due process under the Fourteenth Amendment , and the fact that the procedure was limited to people housed in state institutions did not deny the inmates equal protection....
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