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    Eugenics Spark Controversy

    It is difficult to understate the importance of genetic information, it provides insight to one’s heritage, current health status, and the future of their children. Equally as important is genetic autonomy, the ability to control how genetic information is used. One of the most prominent violations of genetic autonomy in history is the eugenics movement. The eugenics movement experimented on, sterilized, and at times euthanized individuals deemed “undesirable” by eugenicist academics. According to Npr.org, 7,000 people were forcibly sterilized in North Carolina alone between 1929 and 1976. The eugenics movement was an attempt at population control of people deemed to be unfit to live and reproduce in society. The movement…