25 October 2015

Great Moments in Legislation

he meeting was stunned into silence when Dr. Lillian M. Lang, Portland osteopathic physician, waved a surgeon's scalpel over her head and urged the best way to treat sex offenders, particularly those guilty of sodomy, was to “cut out their illness.” She gave the scalpel to Committee Chairman Rep. Norman Howard, D-Portland, and said she had also sent one to Gov. Mark O. Hatfield, advising how to use it to cure sex offenders.—“Bill Asks Sex Crime Data Swap,” Portland Oregonian, 21 February 1963, p. 1

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