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The US' Surprising Eugenics Program Revealed

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  • 33 states had eugenics programs that operated during the 20th century
  • 65,000 Americans were sterilized, often without their knowledge or consent, during this time; you could be sterilized if you were an alcoholic, on welfare, labeled “feeble-minded,” or dubbed promiscuous
  • In one state even social workers could recommend that a person be sterilized, and this recommendation was often accepted
  • Only seven states have publicly acknowledged or apologized to victims, and only one state is taking steps to compensate those who are still living

By Dr. Mercola

When most people think of eugenics, the practice of "improving" the hereditary qualities of a race by controlled, selective breeding, they think of Nazi Germany and their attempts to exterminate certain ethnic groups.


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