§1. (i) Anyone who has a hereditary illness can be rendered sterile by a surgical operation if, according to the experience of medical science, there is a strong probability that his/her offspring will suffer from serious hereditary defects of a physical or mental nature.
(ii) Anyone is hereditarily ill within the meaning of this law who suffers from one of the following illnesses: (a) Congenital feeblemindedness. (b) Schizophrenia. (c) Manic depression. (d) Hereditary epilepsy. (e) Huntington’s chorea. (f) Hereditary blindness. (g) Hereditary deafness. (h) Serious physical deformities.
(iii) In addition, anyone who suffers from chronic alcoholism can be sterilized.

§2. An application for sterilization can legitimately be made by the person to be sterilized. In the case of persons who are either not legally responsible or have been certified because of mental deficiency or have not yet reached their nineteenth birthday, the legal guardian is so entitled.

§5. The responsibility for the decision lies with the Hereditary Health Court which has jurisdiction over the district where the person to be sterilized officially resides.

§12. If the Court had decided finally in favor of sterilization, the sterilization must be carried out even against the wishes of the person to be sterilized unless that person was solely responsible for the application. The medical officer is responsible for requesting the necessary measures to be taken by the police authority. In so far as other measures prove insufficient the use of force is permissible.

Reasons for the Law: Since the National Uprising public opinion has become increasingly preoccupied with questions of population policy and the continuing decline in the birthrate. However, it is not only the decline in population which is the cause of serious concern but equally the increasingly evident genetic make-up of our people. Whereas the hereditarily healthy families have for the most part adopted a policy of having only one or two children, countless numbers of inferiors and those suffering from hereditary ailments are reproducing unrestrainedly while their sick and asocial offspring are a burden on the community…

Noakes, Jeremy and Pridham, Geoffrey, Documents on Nazism 1919-1945, Vol.1, pp. 457-458