Persuasive Essay

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The words engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus; “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free…” Her torch lights the way to liberty and freedom. Nearby this beacon of hope, elite industrialists, academics, and law makers were creating ways to achieve racial purity and rid the American landscape of the mentally ‘unfit’. With the use of forced sterilization, jailing and institutions, this would ensure those that are deemed ‘unfit’ for society would be stripped of their freedom to procreate. It was this American model, that a young German Nationalist would use against Jews. America was pioneering in eugenics to rid the populous of the unfit and to ensure the most-worthy would excel. Could courts use eugenics today, to cut spending needs for the almost 700,000 children of abuse and neglect? From an emotional standpoint, most would favor any abuser not having the right to procreate. However, most states see forcibly sterilizing abusers as unconstitutional. Society should be cautioned in using shortcuts to reduce costs when constitutional rights are involved.
Eugenics was used to justify forcibly sterilizing the ill-fated members of the population. These citizens were stripped of the liberty and freedom to procreate due to the perceived low expectations and drain on society. Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes wrote in the 8-1 decision in the case of Buck v Bell, lest these ‘unfit’ members of society “sap the strength of the State”

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