Posted: August 2nd, 2015

Unit III Research Paper

Unit III Research Paper

Research the 1927 U.S. Supreme Court case of  Buck v. Bell, which involved state-enforced eugenic sterilization for people who were considered feebleminded or otherwise genetically inferior. Write a minimum 1000-word research paper on your findings. Summarize the case, define the eugenic movement, and discuss its role in this case. Also, address Oliver Wendell Holmes’s statement, “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”

Answer the following questions:

? What happened to eugenics, particularly enforced sterilization, in the years following the Supreme Court’s findings in the Buck v. Bell case? What is the current legal status of enforced sterilization in the U.S.?
Is the study of genetics, especially heredity, sufficiently predictable to justify using it to make decisions such as those imposed on Carrie Buck? Should genetics be used as the basis for any type of legal decision? Support your answers.

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