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An Image of GodThe Catholic Struggle with Eugenics$
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Sharon M. Leon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226038988

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226039039.001.0001

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For the Welfare of the Race: The Early Clash over Reproduction and Community

For the Welfare of the Race: The Early Clash over Reproduction and Community

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An Image of God

Sharon M. Leon

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the early clashes between Catholics and the eugenics movement in the years prior to World War I. The discussions include the impact of a March 1910 article by Father Stephen M. Donovan, published in the American Ecclesiastical Review, which questioned the increasing number of vasectomies ordered by states for institutionalized persons; the establishment of institutions that helped crystallize eugenics as a distinct movement in the United States; Catholic writers' questioning of the larger claims and goals of the eugenics movement; and Catholics' attempt to forge their own version of “positive eugenics”.

Keywords:   vasectomies, institutionalized persons, eugenics, Catholics, Father Stephen M. Donovan, eugenics movement

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