Buck v. Bell - 274 U.S. 200 (1927)


U.S. Supreme Court

Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927)

Buck v. Bell

No. 292

Argued April 22, 1927

Decided May 2, 1927

274 U.S. 200

Syllabus

1. The Virginia statute providing for the sexual sterilization of inmates of institutions supported by the State who shall be found to be afflicted with an hereditary form of insanity or imbecility, is within the power of the State under the Fourteenth Amendment. P. 274 U. S. 207.

2. Failure to extend the provision to persons outside the institutions named does not render it obnoxious to the Equal Protection Clause. P. 274 U. S. 208.

143 Va. 310, affirmed.

ERROR to a judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeals of the State of Virginia which affirmed a judgment ordering

Page 274 U. S. 201

the Superintendent of the State Colony of Epileptics and Feeble Minded to perform the operation of salpingectomy on Carrie Buck, the plaintiff in error.

Page 274 U. S. 205



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