16 February 2014

Notable quotable: Buck v. Bell

"Three generations of imbeciles are enough."

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s opinion for the Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927), in which the Court ruled that a state statute permitting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, including the intellectual disabled, "for the protection and health of the state" did not violate the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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