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The Unfit Heiress

The Tragic Life and Scandalous Sterilization of Ann Cooper Hewitt

by Audrey Farley

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The Unfit Heiress by Audrey Farley
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    Apr 2021, 304 pages

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A socialite sues her mother for sterilizing her, and the world is stunned.

During the American eugenics movement (see Beyond the Book), involuntary sterilization was used to keep poor people, sick people and Black people from reproducing. While there have been scant reparations to victims, most of these incidents have gone unnoticed by the general public. However, when a white daughter of wealth, Ann Cooper Hewitt, was sterilized against her will at the age of 20, the world was stunned. Doctors had been duped by Ann's mother Maryon into believing that Ann was "feeble-minded," which was considered grounds for eugenic sterilization. When Ann, who underwent the procedure without knowledge or consent, discovered what had happened to her, she was livid and sued her mother for half a million dollars in compensation. The city of San Francisco put the doctors on trial and the press went into a frenzy writing about Ann and this very odd case.

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