Oregon Sterilization of Criminals, Measure 3 (1913)

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The Oregon Sterilization of Criminals Act, also known as Measure 3, was on the November 4, 1913 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have authorized the State Board of Health to order sterilization surgeries on “habitual criminals, moral degenerates and sexual perverts.”[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 3 (1913)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No53,31956.07%
Yes 41,767 43.93%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referendum Ordered by Petition of the People

STERILIZATION ACT - Referred by authority of Mrs. Lora C. Little, as Vice-President, Anti-Sterilization League, No. 7110 43rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Its purpose is to authorize the State Board of Health to order such surgical operations as the Board shall adjudge, to be performed upon habitual criminals, moral degenerates and sexual perverts, both male and female, and defining who shall be considered as such, the same being persons confined in some State institution. --- Vote YES or NO

304. Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

305. No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Path to the ballot

Measure 3 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on February 26, 1913.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 5, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.