Impact, Forced Sterilization

Number 15335
Subject State Government
Source WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
State MI
Year 1998
Publication Date December 2, 1998
Summary "Impact" is a documentary exposing one of Michigan's darkest secrets...how the state tried to wipe out entire families by forcibly sterilizing thousands of men, women, and children. WXYZ-TV began their investigation focusing on three brothers, who despite having no mental problems were institutionalized, labeled feeble minded, and eventually sterilized by the state. In the end, WXYZ-TV found they were simply victims of a far-reaching program of misguided government and bad science.
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Pages 40
Keywords VIDEOCLIP TAPE TRANSCRIPT; mental health; hospitals; state policy
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