About the Book
In 1928, the non-partisan United Farmers of Alberta passed the first Sexual Sterilization Act. The UFA’s successor, the Social Credit Party, led by radio evangelist William Aberhart, and later by his protege Ernest Manning, removed the need to obtain consent to sterilize “mental defectives” or Huntington’s Chorea patients with dementia.
Between 1928 and 1972 nearly three thousand citizens were sterilized, lied to, experimented on, and subjected to daily abuse at hands of provincial staff in Alberta. Most Albertans have forgotten the victims whose names made headlines in the 1990s, and politicians and pundits have shown little empathy for the victims.
About the Author
Writer and researcher Jane Harris-Zsovan‘s articles have appeared in more than a dozen publications including National Post, Alberta Views, Alberta Venture, Lethbridge Living, and The Anglican Planet. A contributor to two anthologies: Taking Care of Business (HB Fenn, 1997) and Hot Apple Cider: Stories to Warm the Heart and Stir the Soul (That’s Life! Communications 2008); she authored Stars Appearing: The Galt’s Vision of Canada (2006). She currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.