From Sex Selective Abortion Abroad to Eugenics in America

Following our engaging discussion of Mara Hvistendahl’s “Unnatural Selection” a couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon a story in a recent New York Times that caught my attention.

We talk a lot about reproductive health on an international scale, but I think it is also helpful to reflect on our own history here in the United States.  From the 1930s to the 1970s, widespread sterilization programs existed in America; largely carried out on residents of mental health institutions with “undesirable” characteristics.

This article profiles several individuals who were forcibly sterilized under North Carolina’s eugenics system, and their continued struggles for retributions from state programs that deprived them of reproductive freedoms.

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One Response to From Sex Selective Abortion Abroad to Eugenics in America

  1. bsbnerds says:

    Wow. Let’s hope Governor Perdue keeps her campaign promise…

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