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Abortion, Eugenics, and the corrosion of unconditional parental love

By Wesley J. Smith Ruth Marcus has boldly declared that if she were pregnant and discovered her baby had Down syndrome, that child would never see the light of day. From her column: Down syndrome is life-altering

Utilitarianism goes on a charm offensive

But sprinkling the pixie dust of Christianity won’t change its dark public image By Michael Cook Peter Singer has been called the world’s most influential living philosopher — but not everyone agrees that his influence has been

The Deadly Legacy of Eugenics

By Wesley J. Smith We’ve seen it happen: A new assault on the sanctity of human life appears—say, infanticide being promoted in a major bioethics journal, or officials in Iceland bragging that no children with Down syndrome

Eugenics and Its Victims

Why Buck v. Bell still matters By Eric Metaxas with Roberto Rivera 2017 is a year of milestone anniversaries for events that shaped our world: the Reformation, the Russian Revolution, and one horrible Supreme Court decision. As

The lexicon of eugenics is used to describe babies with Down Syndrome

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time, according to The Jerome Lejeune Foundation, when “we applaud caregivers, families, and medical professionals — but most of all, we applaud all the wonderful

Polish Prime Minister supports ban on eugenic abortions

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo

By Dave Andrusko In an interview with the Gosc Niedzielny Catholic weekly, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo signaled her strong support for a draft law that would ban eugenic abortions. “I am sure that the bill will

Denying that we are “them”: Liberal Eugenics, Prenatal Screening, and the Quest for Complete Control

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through August 25. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the

One small step for medicine, one giant leap for eugenics

The first US human gene-editing experiment involves a number of serious ethical issues By David Albert Jones On August 2 scientists published the results of the first experiments conducted on human embryos using the gene editing tool

Reflections on “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race”

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. I drive by the Holocaust Museum every day on my way to work. There are often very long lines. This morning the line was so lengthy it caught my eye. “Some were

The dehumanizing lexicon of eugenics is used to describe babies with Down Syndrome

By Dave Andrusko More than a few times I have drawn attention to the work of Mark W. Leach, an attorney from Louisville, Kentucky. With respect to children prenatally diagnosed with certain genetic conditions such as Down

More thoughts on Margaret Sanger’s obsession with “human weeds” as we approach the 110th anniversary of the founding of Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger

By Dave Andrusko As we discussed last week, we have a near confluence of the 40th anniversary of the life-affirming Hyde Amendment, which we celebrated on Friday, and the 110th anniversary of the life-denying Planned Parenthood Federation

The “brain trust” of American eugenics: Harvard’s dark past

The views of Charles William Eliot and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (whose images follow) aided the descendants of immigrants in keeping out new immigrants, as depicted in Joseph Keppler’s 1893 “Looking Backward,” from Puck. Puck, January 11, 1893

By Michael Cook Harvard University is the richest, most famous and oldest university in the US – and it won the Harvard-Yale game last year 38-19. But one distinction which it would rather forget is that it