Posted by: Bro Jer | January 28, 2010

Harry Laughlin’s “Model Eugenical Sterilization Law”

Harry Laughlin’s “Model Eugenical Sterilization Law”
Harry Hamilton Laughlin (1880-1943) was the director of Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor from its founding in 1910 to its closing in 1939, and one of the most influential advocates of eugenics in the United States in the twentieth century. Aside from his work on immigration, which helped lead to the passing of the Immigration Restriction Act of 1924, Laughlin was also an influential developer of U.S. compulsory sterilization policy.

His Eugenical Sterilization in the United States of 1922 was the culmination of an extensive study into why most states in the country (California being the only notable exception) were not participating in the sterilization of their mentally ill populations. One of the primary problems, in Laughlin’s assessment, was that the laws used by most of the state were highly flawed: they were either too poorly crafted to be constitutional (and many were ruled unconstitutional by state courts), or that they were too confusing in their wording to be used efficiently. To remedy this, Laughlin published a copy of his “Model Eugenical Sterilization Law,” a law which was carefully crafted to be both constitutional and heavily used. A state law derived from his model was passed by the state of Virginia in 1924, and found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in the highly flawed case of Buck v. Bell in 1927. The ruling greatly increased the passing of sterilization laws and the use of eugenic sterilization through the period of the second World War. State sterilization programs resulted in the sterilization of over 64,000 mentally ill and developmentally disabled patients by the time they went into general disuse in the mid-1960s.

Laughlin would later go on to be a principle founder of the Pioneer Fund, and received an honorary degree by the University of Heidelberg in 1936 for his work behalf of the “science of racial cleansing.” The Nazi German state would sterilize many hundreds of thousands of people under their own sterilization laws. Laughlin was himself an epileptic, suitable for sterilization under his own law.

Sound far-fetched? Keep in mind that the architect of Planned Parenthood and modern day abortion mills was Margaret Sanger, an advocate for this very same ethos. This is one of the many examples of the depravity that the ideology of choice creates, and ideology built on denying the personhood of the unborn in order to eliminate them at will.

Laughlin’s ‘law’ can be read  here

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