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July 30, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(5):401-403. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740570047023

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Sterilization in the Light of Criminal Law  The question is being raised more and more frequently as to whether, with reference to birth regulation and the securing of a healthy posterity, in certain cases compulsory sterilization should be applied, or as to whether sterilization by a physician at the request and with the consent of the person to be sterilized is, or should be, permissible under the law. The opinion of so experienced a jurist as Oberreichsanwalt Prof. Dr. Ebermayer, former attorney general of the reich, is important, as he is a member of the commission engaged in drafting a new penal code for the German reich.Supporters of compulsory sterilization call attention to the examples of various North American states in which, for a number of years, sterilization has been permitted, and emphasize that it is certainly to the interest of public welfare and public health that certain persons