Medicine: Sterilization Flayed

In Oklahoma three weeks ago a half-dozen jailbirds ran away from prison to escape sterilization provided by law. In California last summer the daughter of the late great Inventor Peter Cooper Hewitt failed to have two doctors jailed for spaying her under her mother's orders (TIME, Aug. 31).* Twenty-five other States, two Canadian provinces, one Mexican state, one Swiss canton, and five European countries have laws permitting or ordering the sterilization of criminals and mentally incompetent persons. In general, the effort is to prevent transmission of evil to children and children's...

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