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    DR.AXEL DOHRN -- A 55-YEAR-OLD SURGEON ACCUSED OF STERILIZING 149 WOMEN WITHOUT ADEQUATE MEDICAL GROUNDS?

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    DR.AXEL DOHRN -- A 55-YEAR-OLD SURGEON ACCUSED OF STERILIZING 149 WOMEN WITHOUT ADEQUATE MEDICAL GROUNDS -- YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) WAS SENTENCED IN HANOVER TO SIX MONTHS' IMPRISONMENT FOR CAUSING BODILY HARM IN 40 CASES.THE PROSECUTION HAD ASKED FOR AN 18-MONTH SENTENCE ON 80 CASES.

    OF ALL THE WOMEN INVOLVED, ONLY ONE WAS WILLING TO APPEAR AS A WITNESS.AND, IN THE WIDESPREAD CONTROVERSY AROUSED, SOME 10,000 WOMEN ALL OVER GERMANY SIGNED A DECLARATION OF SUPPORT FOR DR.DORHN.

    A FORMER CHIEF SURGEON OF GROSSBURGWEDEL HOSPITAL (NEAR HANOVER), HE HIMSELF ADMITTED STERILIZING ABOUT 1,300 WOMEN AT THEIR OWN REQUEST BETWEEN 1946 ADN 1958.HE SAID THAT IN ONLY TWO OF THE 149 CASES WITH WHICH HE WAS CHARGED WAS STERILIZATION MEDICALLY NECESSARY: IN OTHER CASES HE HAD OPERATED ON SOCIAL, ETHICAL OR OTHER GROUNDS WITH THE AIM OF "RELIEVING THEIR MISERY".

    THE PROSECUTION SAID THAT UNDER WEST GERMAN LAW, INCLUDING A NAZI DECREE ON "HEREDITARY HEALTH", STERILIZATION WAS ONLY PERMITTED IF FURTHER PREGNANCIES WOULD SERIOUSLY ENDANGER THE LIFE AND HEALTH OF A WOMAN.COUNTERING THIS, DEFENCE COUNSEL SAID THAT EXPERTS ARGUED WHETHER GERMAN LAW IN ITS PRESENT STATE PROVIDED GROUNDS FOR CONVICTION.EVERYTIME, SAID THE DEFENCE, TURNED ON WHETHER A WOMAN HAD FULL RIGHTS OVER HER WON BODY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA543ZALQDZQ0VEX0V3APD7XCFM
    Media URN:
    VLVA543ZALQDZQ0VEX0V3APD7XCFM
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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