Buck V. Bell Essay

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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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Carrie’s baby was only eight month old when they claimed that she was not a normal baby due to the fact that Carrie and her mother were feebleminded. Dr. Priddy believed that if they were to let Carrie be sterilized then it would most likely remove more feebleminded offspring’s which can decrease her chance of having a feebleminded baby (Buck v. Bell, 2006).
Carrie’s lawyer Irving Whitehead did not make any justification for Carrie knowing that she was a church girl going every day and had no problems in school. Even though he would have the chance to represent Carrie in the higher courts, he would be on Dr. Priddy’s and Aubrey Strode side because he sees the same effects as them. They fought to request the case through many courts expecting to get all the support that they can for the sterilization law (Buck v. Bell, 2006).
Later the Circuit Court had supported the law and filed for the sterilization of Carrie. In 1925 Carrie’s lawyer Irving Whitehead supported the decision of the Circuit Court at the Supreme Court of Appeals of the State of Virginia. So after all of this Dr. Priddy had passed away in which Dr. J.H. Bell had replaced him at the Colony. The case now became Buck v. Bell; Dr. Bell had sterilized Carrie in 1927 which then was released from the Colony (Buck v. Bell, 2006).
Carries lawyer then made the move to take it to the U.S Supreme Court which he claimed that Carrie Bucks due process law

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