Right to Procreate

The Court has long recognized that the right to procreate is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. In Skinner v. Oklahoma (1942), the Court invalidated a state statute that provided for the mandatory sterilization of certain habitual criminals. Noting that the right to procreate was a “basic right of man,” the Court strictly limited the power of a state to impose involuntary sterilization.


Inside Right to Procreate