STATES & CITIES: 15th Sterilizer


"Sterilization is not a punishment but a protection. It carries no stigma or humiliation. The imbecile mind is criminal and you can't breed it out. Beginning of wrong-doing is hereditary and starts in the secretive actions. By preventing reproduction, one of the basic causes can be cured."

So last week declared whiskery Governor William Henry ("Alfalfa Bill") Murray as he signed legislation which made Oklahoma the 15th State in the Union to sterilize the hopelessly insane. Also included under the Oklahoma law were the habitually criminal. Affected are men under 67...

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