Involuntary Sterilization of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview

Involuntary Sterilization of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview November 6, 2018/4 Comments/in Disability /by Jesse Reiter

Thousands of Americans with disabilities have undergone sterilization procedures without providing informed consent. Beginning in the early 1900s, supporters of the eugenics movement sought to sterilize those with cognitive impairments in order to “cleanse” the human gene pool of “undesirable” traits. This was sanctioned by many state governments, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court (Buck v. Bell). To the surprise of many, this Supreme Court ruling has never been formally overturned. Moreover, non-consensual sterilization of people with intellectual disabilities is still legal in many [...]

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