Eugenics, Power and Prejudice: Why America Had a Nazi Problem Before Charlottesville
Charlottesville is the birthplace of America’s eugenic laws.
These laws resulted in up to 70,000 people being sterilised against their will throughout the last century, in over 30 states. In men, this meant being given a vasectomy; for women it involved a hysterectomy or having your fallopian “tubes tied” or clamped.
Under the US legislation, people who were deemed feeble-minded, moronic, mentally deficient, psychologically or physically inferior were often incarcerated in institutions and then sterilised.
The medical labels used were many and varied, but the outcome was the always the same — enormous suffering, shame and loss