IN-49.2007.1 - 1907 Indiana Eugenics Law

Marker text: 1907 INDIANA EUGENICS LAW

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Indiana Supreme Court ruled 1907 law unconstitutional 1921, citing denial of due process under Fourteenth Amendment. 1927 law reinstated sterilization, adding court appeals. Approximately 2,500 total in state custody were sterilized. Governor Otis R. Bowen approved repeal of all sterilization laws 1974; by 1977, related restrictive marriage laws repealed.

Installed 2007 Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana University, and Indiana University Foundation.

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