Buck V. Bell

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1927 U.S. Supreme Court case of Buck v. Bell
Margaret Rios
July 9, 2013

The Buck v. Bell case began when Carrie Buck was seventeen and claimed that she was raped by J.T. and Alice Dobbs son and turn out to be pregnant. So when that happened a test revealed that Carrie had da mind of a nine year old which was consider being feeblemindedness. Her mother was also tested and considered to be feeblemindedness because her test revealed that she had the mind of an eight year old. Carrie and her mother were sent to the Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded (Buck v. Bell, 2006).
Dr. Albert Priddy was the superintendent of the State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded at Lynchburg he supported the population through the eugenics
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When Oliver Holmes heard about it he did some research of his owned and found out that Carrie’s due process law was not violated. The same for Carrie’s equal protection rights Oliver Holmes claimed that is was not violated because the law treated everyone that was in a similar situation like Carrie. Oliver Wendell Holmes’s statement, “It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind” (Buck v. Bell, 2006). He agreed with the eugenics and announced that the world needs to be secure from being filled with ineffectiveness. For example “Eugenics is a science theory developed in the late nineteenth century concerned with improving hereditary qualities of the human population by encouraging persons who are considered above average mentally and physically to have more children and discouraging offspring from parents of lesser mental and physical abilities” (Buck v. Bell, 2006). The current legal status of enforced sterilization in the United States still exists due to that fact that eugenics is a replacement of natural selection with awareness. There were a group of people such as medical and scientific that work overtime to come up with new studies so that they can support the need of eugenics (Buck v. Bell, 2006).
The study of genetics, especially heredity, is sufficiently


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