Tag Archives: eugenics

Not “a terribly long leap”: Reflections on “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race”


By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This probably could be said every few years, but…in 50 years, when we look back, will we wonder how so many of today’s rule-smashing, protection-breaching, inhumane practices could ever have come to pass? Trafficking in

Harvard’s dark past as the “brain trust” of American eugenics

Adam Cohen

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 was the “brain

“New eugenics” ideas will end up as tyrannical as the original version


By Wesley J. Smith Buck v. Bell was one of the most pernicious Supreme Court decisions ever written. Authored by the odious social Darwinist Oliver Wendell Holmes, the 1927 8-1 ruling permitted an innocent woman named Carrie Buck to be

Lessons in Language

Philippa Taylor

By Philippa Taylor Editor’s note. This appeared on the official blog of the British Christian Medical Fellowship. I was intrigued to read the following short tweet by the pro-abortion organisation, ‘Education for Choice’, during the recent discussion in the media

The dark past of “progressive” eugenics


By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at bioedge.org. The dark history of government-sponsored eugenics before World War II has largely been forgotten, although it is well documented. A new book, Illiberal Reformers: Race,

Eugenics and the disappearance of civilized behavior

Marie Stopes

By Calum MacKellar Editor’s note. My family will be on vacation through the end of this week. I will be posting an occasional new story, but for the most part we will be re-posting columns that ran over the last

“Burden,” “Defective,” “Epidemic”—the lexicon of eugenics is used to describe babies with Down Syndrome

Mark W. Leach

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. Elsewhere today, we are posting about the terrible increase in eugenic abortions in Britain made possible by “improved” testing. In light of that, I am re-running this story which provides important context and background. More

Peter Singer’s Ethics Should Not Be Applauded

Bioethicist Peter Singer

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a column that appeared at Wesley’s blog. In a world in which someone who makes a politically incorrect utterance can be ruined, Peter Singer should be anathema, given his truly

Peter Singer is a Eugenicist

Peter Singer

By Wesley J. Smith Eugenics has always been about promoting desired utilitarian outcomes. The old eugenics wanted to improve the human herd through the crude manipulation of who could and should be parents. And, it also promoted the idea of

End Baby “Incompatible with Life” Bigotry


By Wesley J. Smith I am sure everyone agrees that the language we use to describe human beings is important. For example, we loathe the N-word because its very purpose is to denigrate, dehumanize, de-equalize, and degrade. Ditto, my campaign

Reflections on “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race”

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  By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This piece, written a while back, discusses an exhibit that was exceptionally helpful to understanding the origins of the Nazi Holocaust. Not only did doctors and scientists lay the foundation for the Holocaust, the

Thank you, Professor Dawkins!


  By Rick Thomas, Start of Life Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and, as we always do, we will run many posts. But we do not talk about the threat to children with Down syndrome only one

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