Congratulations to Professor Sam Rowlands for his latest publication in The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care entitled: “Legalised non-consensual sterilisation – eugenics put into practice before 1945, and the aftermath. Part 1: USA, Japan, Canada and Mexico.”
From the late 19th century until the second half of the 20th century, eugenics, a current of thought based on an erroneous interpretation of the mechanisms of transmission of certain ailments and deviant behaviours swept over the industrialised world. One of its applications consisted of the sterilisation of people considered unfit to procreate. Read this historical look at involuntary/forced sterilisation.