Buck v Bell
In 1924 the General Assembly attempted to improve social welfare by granting mental institutions the means to prevent people considered “feeble-minded” or having inherited diseases or conditions from having children. In 1927 the U.S. Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell agreed that the state could require sterilization of people it deemed socially unfit. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote for the court that the state had a right to “prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.” Referring to Carrie Buck, her mother, and her daughter, Holmes went on to state that “three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
That was the law. Was it justice?