THOMAS REED POWELL
Any statute or administrative order authorizing or compelling involuntary medical or surgical treatment has the possibility of being scrutinized and countermanded by the Supreme Court of the United States. Where the deed is done before the Supreme Court can forbid it, there still may be suits against the perpetrators for damages, and the Supreme Court can decide whether the statute relied on for justification is one entitled to constitutional sanction. In deciding such issues the Supreme Court has no other primary guide than the provision of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution that "No State shall . . .
POWELL TR. COMPULSORY VACCINATION AND STERILIZATION: CONSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS1. Ann Intern Med. ;18:637–646. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-18-4-637
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;18(4):637-646.
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