This story is just sad. A federal court judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought against U.S. officials by Guatemalans who had been subject to experiments by U.S. researchers in the 1940s by being deliberately injected with STDs without their knowledge or consent. The researchers had purportedly been studying the effects of penicillin, and were testing the drug’s effect on sexually-transmitted diseases by using Guatemalan natives as human guinea pigs.
Although the judge commented that the study was “deeply troubling,” the dismissal was based on federal law that prohibits claims to be brought against U.S. officials for injuries that took place in a foreign country. The judge granted the U.S. government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, ending the suit.
Apparently, last year, Gautemalan officials identified almost 2,100 natives that were the subject of experiments, being infected with syphlis, gonorrhea, or chancroid. The research was hidden for decades until a Wellesley College medical historian uncovered the records in 2009.
Do as I say, not as I do, America.