TIL people with epilepsy were forbidden to marry in 17 states, until 1956. The last state to repeal these laws happened in 1980.

Read more: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1046/j.1528-1157.44.s.6.2.x#:~:text=In%20the%20United%20States%2C%20for,grounds%2C%20of%20people%20with%20epilepsy.

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  1. When I got my first marriage license in 1988, one of the screening questions was “are you a moron”?

    Moron in context = a person with a mild or moderate intellectual disability

    I know this does not equate with epilepsy but even then I was stunned at the effort to block people with disabilities from entering meaningful relationships. We truly are a shitty country.

  2. When I was in Marine boot camp we had made it almost to the end. I think we had about two weeks to go and this friend of mine had a seizure. He never came back from the hospital and I asked the drill instructor what happened to him. He told me that my friend had epilepsy and was immediately discharged and sent home. I asked him why you couldn’t be a Marine with epilepsy and he told me to imagine someone having a grand mal seizure with a machine gun in his hand. I just nodded and walked away. Can’t argue with that.

  3. Eugenics was a thing long before the Nazis. Lot of “unfit” people were sterilized in the name of the betterment of the species, not just in the US, but all over the world.

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