The United States was the first country to openly undertake compulsory sterilization programs for the purpose of eugenics in the year 1907. Women and men predominantly with ethnic backgrounds (Native American and African American women) were forced against their will in numerous states across the United States while they were interned in hospitals, or receiving health treatment of numerous types. An important example of forced sterilization occurring was in Sunflower County Mississippi in which 60% of black women living there were sterilized without their consent. In addition many sterilizations occurred in prisons (mainly minority inmates). In the end over 65,000 individuals were sterilized in 33 states under state forced sterilization programs around the United States, with a main focus on ethnic minorities — Last documented case under forced sterilization was in 1981.

This idea motivated many to believe that forced sterilization was means to keep those “unfit” groups of people from reproducing.

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