(Via an IU news release) The September 2010 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History examines Indiana's unfortunate role in the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. One article by Jennifer Burek Pierce examines John H. Hurty, a Hoosier health pioneer and leading eugenics proponent. He left a positive legacy of improved public sanitation and health practices. But:
Burek Pierce, however, also uncovers Hurty's support of eugenic practices including sterilization laws, which would have forced the procedure on convicted criminals and the mentally handicapped.
A lot of things that horrify us today were once accepted enthusiastically by the establishment and its more respected members. It's chilling to realize how close we came here to going down Germany's path in making full use of that movement. Give thanks every