Coerced sterilization is a crime against humanity.
People are not nearly as outraged by the abhorrent and grotesquely evil practice of inmate sterilization as you might expect. Ask me how I know. tennessean.com/story/news/201…
Also, to be clear, “crime against humanity” is not a turn of phrase here. Enforced sterilization is an actual, specific, and literal crime against humanity. icc-cpi.int/resourcelibrar…
This practice is not new. It also is not old. It is thankfully rare, but not as rare as you’d think. It is definitely here, sometimes adopted formally, sometimes not:

nashvillescene.com/news/article/1…
It is a practice that is too frequently defended, sometimes in whispers, sometimes in open argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit: opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/1…
Civil rights lawyers have been fighting tirelessly against government-sponsored sterilization in this country for an actual century, perhaps longer. Here’s one of them (Fred Gray, Tuskegee, AL):
This is what the end of a government sterilization program looks like. It is at once tremendous and tremendously insufficient.
Greetings, you goddamn fucking fool. This thread is, to the contrary, a product of this Jew’s RAGE about government-sponsored sterilization, which I have some experience with because I ended such a program in my state and gave half the award to the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A few US jurisdictions have voluntarily paid reparations for their sterilization programs: npr.org/2011/12/28/144…. Many people who were sterilized are still alive.
A government official who sterilizes someone can (probably) still get qualified immunity for doing so based on the insane and never-formally-overruled jurisprudence that blessed the practice for a terrifying amount of time. npr.org/sections/healt…
Lots—LOTS—of *current* US government officials think sterilization is an appropriate punishment for criminal offenses. They rarely get pushback, but sometimes, they do.

tennessean.com/story/news/pol…
Caselaw remains well behind modern norms. E.g.—this is what qualifies as a “good” opinion on sterilization: courtlistener.com/opinion/261609… The holding: “such a serious and far reaching act should not be required by the court without a specific statutory or constitutional authorization.”
It would be nice if we developed sufficient consensus that this is an evil practice that we banned it by statute everywhere: tennessean.com/story/news/201…
Until then, outrage is essential. Otherwise, we’ll be stuck with constant efforts to return to the dark ages, because in so many ways, we’re still there and have barely evolved. /End

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