Law for Preventing Hereditarily Diseased Offspring is Officially Announced Hot

Law for Preventing Hereditarily Diseased Offspring is Officially Announced

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The "Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring" is officially announced.

It was passed on July 14, the same day that the cabinet approved the Concordat with the Vatican, but publication was delayed until today because it was expected that the Vatican would not approve.

It will not take effect until January 1934.

This decree calls for the sterilization of those deemed unfit to have children:

"(1) Any person suffering from a hereditary disease may be rendered incapable of procreation by means of a surgical operation (sterilization), if the experience of medical science shows that it is highly probable that his descendants would suffer from some serious physical or mental hereditary defect.

(2) For the purposes of this law, any person will be considered as hereditarily diseased who is suffering from any one of the following diseases: –
  1. Congenital Mental Deficiency,
  2. Schizophrenia,
  3. Manic-Depressive insanity,
  4. Hereditary Epilepsy,
  5. Hereditary Chorea (Huntington’s),
  6. Hereditary Blindness,
  7. Hereditary Deafness,
  8. Any severe hereditary deformity.
(3) Any person suffering from severe alcoholism may be also rendered incapable of procreation."

This is similar to sterilization laws in the United States, but the scope of those affected is much broader.

As part of enforcing this law, Genetic Health Courts are organized to investigate the fitness of people for procreation.

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