Presented by Professor Hamish Spencer, Department of Zoology
In spite of New Zealand's reputation for being a social laboratory, the country was apparently ambivalent about embracing eugenics, notably never enacting an explicitly eugenic sterilisation law.
Nevertheless, the 1928 Mental Defectives Amendment Bill originally contained a clause providing for sterilisation on eugenic grounds.
I outline the history of the drafting of this clause and its subsequent failure to gain parliamentary approval, before suggesting possible reasons for this course of events.
I note that this narrative must also explain how close the sterilisation clause came to being enacted.
This closeness illustrates a general point, that the passage or failure of sterilisation legislation is an oversimplifying dichotomous view of different countries' eugenic histories.
|Date||Monday, 5 March 2018|
|Time||1:00pm - 2:00pm|
|Event Category||Health Sciences|
|Location||Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street|