The forced sterilization of Carrie Buck
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. The forced sterilization of Carrie Buck.
This is the building where Carrie Buck was sterilized. She was brought here following the Supreme Court decision (Buck v. Bell), and in a very brief operation lasting less than one hour, her fallopian tubes were cut and she was made unable to bear children. The operation itself is relatively simple - she received some medication to make her asleep. When it was finished she was sent back to the cottage here at the colony where she lived.
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Paul Lombardo talks about low point in medical jurisprudence.
Paul Lombardo talks bout in the Supreme Court decision, Justice Holmes compared sterilization for feeblemindedness to a vaccination for smallpox.
Paul Lombardo talks about the case conluded that Carrie, Emma, and Vivian represented three generations of imbeciles, which justified Carrie's sterilization.
Paul Lombardo talks about justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' Supreme Court decisions contained a number of memorable phrases, and Buck vs. Bell provided him an opportunity to create another.
Paul Lombardo talks about Oliver Wendell Holmes' support for eugenic sterilization was contrary to his record as a defender of civil liberties.
Paul Lombardo talks about the historical significance of Buck vs. Bell.
The Buck vs. Bell case then went to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. gave the majority opinion.
Paul Lombardo talks about Amherst County Courthouse was the first step of a legal case that would lead all the way to the Supreme Court.
Paul Lombardo talks about Carrie's lawyer, Irving Whitehead, colluded with lawyers representing the Virginia Colony to help insure that the case went to the Supreme Court.
Paul Lombardo discusses the initial trial in Amherst County, Viriginia, which set the stage for taking the issue of eugenic sterilization to the Supreme Court.