“Nazi Germany was not the first or only country to sterilize people considered “abnormal.” Before Hitler, the United States led the world in forced sterilizations. Between 1907 and 1939, more than 30,000 people in twenty-nine states were sterilized, many of them unknowingly or against their will, while they were incarcerated in prisons or institutions for the mentally ill. “ (A link to quote source).
If you think that stigma doesn’t exist, and that mentally ill people and their advocates need to lighten up then please read the quote again.
“…the United States led the world in forced sterilizations.”
If you are thinking to yourself, ‘Well, that was in the past, that could never happen today.”
Liberal leaning California led the pack in sterilizations. The last one performed under the law was in 1963. So, until just over fifty years ago, sterilizing people with a mental illness was legal. http://www.uvm.edu/~lkaelber/eugenics/CA/CA.html
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