Twenty years ago the scientist, who died yesterday at the age of 60, had a life-threatening bout of cancer. Many readers will remember the way he wrote about that episode, not only for its personal candor but also for the fact that he found comfort in a statistical analysis of his chances of survival. It was wholly in keeping with the tenor of Mr. Gould's character that he could turn an understanding of statistics into a toehold on life itself.
Eugenic Sterilization Laws Paul Lombardo, University of Virginia While some eugenicists privately supported practices such as euthanasia or even genocide, legally-mandated sterilization was the most radical policy supported by the American eugenics movement. A number of American physicians performed sterilizations even before the surgery was legally approved, though no reliable accounting of the practice exists prior to passage of sterilization laws.
Indiana enacted the first law allowing sterilization on eugenic grounds inwith Connecticut following soon after. Despite these early statutes, sterilization did not gain widespread popular approval until the late s. Inhe published a Model Eugenical Sterilization Law that proposed to authorize sterilization of the "socially inadequate" — people supported in institutions or "maintained wholly or in part by public expense.
The law encompassed the "feebleminded, insane, criminalistic, epileptic, inebriate, diseased, blind, deaf; deformed; and dependent" — including "orphans, ne'er-do-wells, tramps, the homeless and paupers.
Byapproximately 3, people had been involuntarily sterilized in America; the vast majority 2, in California. It was adopted as part of a cost-saving strategy to relieve the tax burden in a state where public facilities for the "insane" and "feebleminded" had experienced rapid growth.
The law was also written to protect physicians who performed sterilizing operations from malpractice lawsuits. Carrie had a child, but was not married. Her mother Emma was already a resident at an asylum, the Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and the Feebleminded. Officials at the Virginia Colony said that Carrie and her mother shared the hereditary traits of "feeblemindedness" and sexually promiscuity.
Albert Priddy testified that Emma Buck had "a record of immorality, prostitution, untruthfulness and syphilis.
The decision was appealed to United States Supreme Court. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The decision includes the now infamous words: It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind…Three generations of imbeciles are enough.
School records also prove that Vivian was not "feebleminded. Bell supplied a precedent for the eventual sterilization of approximately 8, Virginians. InLaughlin was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Heidelberg as a tribute for his work in "the science of racial cleansing.
He was a three-time felon, guilty of stealing chickens at age nineteen, and convicted twice in later years for armed robbery.
By the time his case was struck down by the U. Supreme Court, in some 13 states had laws specifically permitting sterilization of criminals.
The opinion striking down the sterilization law in the case of Skinner v. Oklahoma was written by Justice William O.Stephen Jay Gould, Evolution Theorist, Dies at By Carol Kaesuk Yoon The New York Times, May 21, Stephen Jay Gould, the evolutionary theorist at Harvard University whose research, lectures and prolific output of essays helped to reinvigorate the field of .
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Remembering Masturbatory Insanity by Thomas S. Szasz. The following essay is reproduced here by permission of Sheldon Richman, Editor, Ideas on Liberty. Ideas on Liberty is published by The Foundation for Economic Education, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY Szasz, T.
Remembering masturbatory insanity.