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Carrie Buck/Buck v. Bell

AE Curator Jul 16
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“Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” With these words, in Buck v. Bell the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Virginia’s forced sterilization of Carrie Buck, a young Charlottesville woman who had been raped by a relative of her foster family. The state deemed her “promiscuous” and decided that, because her mother had been classified as “feeble-minded,” her problems were genetic. The pseudo-science of eugenics, then popular, suggested that Buck not be allowed to bear children. Between 1927 and 1972, about 8,300 women were sterilized in Virginia. The state apologized for its actions in 2002.

Location: Madison Heights
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