Originally broadcast September 24-28, 2007
Airing during Morning Edition and
All Things Considered
Indiana was the first government in the world to pass a eugenic
sterilization law. The state sterilized twenty-five hundred people
from 1907-to-1974. Indiana apologized for implementing the program
earlier this year, on the 100th anniversary of its inception.
WFYI's Mary Hartnett takes a look at the program in a five
part series, Indiana Eugenics.
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Eugenics Part One
supporters believed they could improve society with sterilization
and other progressive measures. Indiana enacted
the first eugenic sterilization law a century ago. WFYI’s Mary Hartnett examines
why the eugenics movement and how it became such a big part of Indiana’s
health and welfare system, in the first part of a five part series
on “Indiana Eugenics.”
Eugenics Part Two
the second installment of the five part series “Indiana
Eugenics” WFYI’s Mary Hartnett explores how the state
created its sterilization program and the Supreme
Court case that made sterilization legal, in the second installment
Eugenics Part Three
Indiana apologized for more than 25-hundred Hoosiers on April 12th
of this year. Since that apology, a lot of ethicists and historians
have been taking a second look at the eugenic sterilization process.
In part three of a five part series “Indiana Eugenics,” WFYI’s
Mary Hartnett takes a look at how the process worked and why the
program finally ended in part three of “Indiana Eugenics.”
Eugenics Part Four
Indiana enforced a eugenic law that allowed institutions to sterilize the “mentally defective” until 1974. One woman sterilized
by court order in 1971 is speaking up and telling her story. WFYI’s
Mary Hartnett talks with Jamie Renae Coleman about
her sterilization, the lawsuit she filed, and the effect it had on
governing sterilizations outside of institutions. It’s part
four of the series “Indiana Eugenics.”
Eugenics Part Five
had a long-standing eugenic sterilization law in the 20th century.
The “feebleminded” were put away and sterilized
so they couldn’t have children that would weaken society. These
days, a lot ethicists, scientists and sociologists say we are in
a new eugenics era. In the last installment of her series on “Indiana
Eugenics,“ WFYI’s Mary Hartnett reports on how in-vitro
fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies
may be a new kind of eugenics.