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Coerced Sterilization and Eugenics in California- Historical Summary and the Need for Action
The historical subcommittee of the Coalition to Address California's Eugenic History, 2012

Preventing the Emergence of Evil in the ‘New Eugenics’
Jinnie M. Garrett, Perspectives on Evil 10

The Eugenics Legacy of the Nobelist Who Fathered IVF
Osagie K. Obasagie, Scientific American
October 4th, 2013

The Bleak New World of Prenatal Genetics
by Marcy Darnovsky and Alexandra Minna Stern, The Wall Street Journal
June 12th, 2013

The New Eugenics: The Case Against Genetically Modified Humans
Marcy Darnovsky, Different Takes
Spring 2000

Genetic Selection Arguments Pro and Con
Short summary of the arguments for and against pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

History of Eugenics and Forced Sterilization in California
Alexandra Minna Stern and Marcy Darnovsky, Coerced Sterilization and Eugenics in California: Historical Summary and the Need for Action

California Bans Coerced Sterilization of Female Inmates
by Corey G. Johnson, Center for Investigative Reporting
September 26th, 2014


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Milton Reynolds and the Facing History Project, Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

Introduction: Eugenics and the Modern World
 Philippa Levine and Alison Bashford, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics
Oxford University Press, New York, 2010, pp. 3-24.



Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America
Alexandra Minna Stern, 2005

Many people assume that eugenics all but disappeared with the fall of Nazism, but as this sweeping history demonstrates, the idea of better breeding had a wide and surprising reach in the United States throughout the twentieth century. With an original emphasis on the American West, Eugenic Nation brings to light many little-known facts—for example, that one-third of the involuntary sterilizations in this country occurred in California between 1909 and 1979—as it explores the influence of eugenics on phenomena as varied as race-based intelligence tests, school segregation, tropical medicine, the Border Patrol, and the environmental movement.


Backdoor to Eugenics [WHOLE BOOK ONLINE]
Troy Duster, Routledge, 2003

Considered a classic in the field, Troy Duster's Backdoor to Eugenics was a groundbreaking book that grappled with the social and political implications of the new genetic technologies. Completely updated and revised, this work will be welcomed back into print as we struggle to understand the pros and cons of prenatal detection of birth defects; gene therapies; growth hormones; and substitute genetic answers to problems linked with such groups as Jews, Scandinavians, Native American, Arabs and African Americans. Duster's book has never been more timely.


Eugenics, Sterilisation and Modern Marriage in the USA: The Strange Career of Paul Popenoe
Molly Ladd-Taylor, Gender and History 13 August 2, 2001
pp. 298-327.

This article uses the fifty-year career of Paul Popenoe as a lens through which to examine the North American eugenics movement. Popenoe, a leading advocate of compulsory sterilisation in the 1930s, became a celebrated marriage counsellor in the 1950s, famous for the Ladies' Home Journal feature ‘Can This Marriage Be Saved?’ The ease with which Popenoe metamorphosed from a champion of sterilisation to an expert on marriage was made possible by, and helps to reveal, deep ideological affinities and organisational connections between eugenics and marriage counselling in the United States.


Gender Eugenics
Rob Sparrow
September 11, 2013

Discusses the ethics of the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to prevent the birth of children with intersex conditions/disorders of sex development (DSDs), such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS)


The Science of Human Perfection
Nathaniel Comfort

Almost daily we hear news stories, advertisements and scientific reports that promise genetic medicine will make us live longer, enable doctors to identify and treat diseases before they start, and individualize our medical care. But surprisingly, a century ago eugenicists were making the same promises. The Science of Human Perfection traces the history of the promises of medical genetics and of the medical dimension of eugenics. The book also considers social and ethical issues that cast troublesome shadows over these fields.


Quest for Perfection
Gina Maranto
In Quest for Perfection, Gina Maranto traces the history of society's attempts to control human destiny by regulating birth outcomes. Drawing together material from the fields of animal behavior, paleontology, anthropology, embryology, genetics, and reproductive medicine, Maranto provides a riveting account of how the perfecting impulse has colored Western social and political thought and history.

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Regan Brashear, 2013

From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.


Mas Bebes
Elena Guttierez, Fertile Matters University of Texas Press, 2008

A web- based documentary that immerses the viewer in an explosive yet unresolved history: Mexican American women who allege they were coercively sterilized at the Los Angeles county hospital during the 1960s and 70s.

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Alexandra Minna Stern and Corey Johnson
Alexandra Minna Stern and Corey Johnson - November 14, 2013 Talking Biopolitics Web Interview

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