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"Overdue In Michigan: An Apology For Forced Sterilization"
September 28, 2004

LANSING, MICHIGAN--The following four paragraphs are excerpts from an opinion piece by physician and medical ethics professor Dr. Howard Brody, in a recent edition of the Lansing City Pulse:

Part of my job at MSU is teaching medical ethics. I have devoted relatively few columns to that part of my work. But a recent conference we held on disability perspectives on bioethics, alerted me to an issue that deserves much more public discussion.

The state of Michigan owes some people an apology.

In the first three decades of the century, a number of states passed laws providing for the involuntary sterilization of citizens who suffered from a variety of conditions that were thought then to be hereditary — especially mental retardation.

So far three states have issued formal apologies to those citizens who suffered this mistreatment. The state of Michigan has never apologized, even though a number of the victims of forced sterilization are still alive.

Entire article:
"Overdue in Michigan: An apology for forced sterilization" (Lansing City Pulse)
"The eugenics apologies" by Dave Reynolds (Ragged Edge Magazine)

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