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Sunday, July 12, 2015

No Más Bebés: Eugenics in the U.S.

I'd like to think that every doctor is Albert Schweitzer, but some are more like Dr. Joseph Mengele. As you watch these videos think about how eugenicists routinely violate the rights of individuals because THEY KNOW BETTER!

And here's an article on this atrocity. Consider how the doctors who committed these crimes got away with what was absolutely forbidden by legislation following the Nuremberg trials. The doctors' atrocities were compounded by the judge's as this portion of the article illustrates:
While the lawsuit led to better informed consent for patients, requiring that hospital forms are translated to multiple languages so that patients can understand the procedures completely, the judge ultimately sided with the county hospital, ruling in favor of the doctors. He argued that it was not objectionable if a physician thought that a tubal ligation could improve a perceived overpopulation problem.

The documentary interviews a wide range of the key figures in the case: the lead plaintiff, Dolores Madrigal; defendant Dr. Edward James Quilligan; five other women sterilized without their consent; and Antonia Hernandez, the lawyer who represented them in the trial. It also includes Dr. Bernard Rosenfeld, who suspected that Mexican immigrants were being sterilized by tubal ligation without their consent and helped expose the malpractice at the hospital. Rosenfeld is now a nationally known specialist in tubal ligation reversal surgery.

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