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Buck v. Bell

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In ''Buck v. Bell'', 274 U.S. 200 (1927), the [[U.S. Supreme Court]] upheld the forced sterilization by the State of [[Virginia]] of persons considered to have low intelligence. Justice [[Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.]], a [[utilitarian]] [[Darwinist]] who supported the [[survival of the fittest]] ideology, wrote the opinion for the 8-1 court and included the following remark:
:"It is better for all the world, if ... society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind ... Three generations of imbeciles are enough."
 
''Id.'' at 207.
 
Only Justice [[Pierce Butler]] dissented (without comment).
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