Tag Archives: eugenics

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

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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 of America, October

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 was the “brain

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

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By Dave Andrusko If you’ve been around the block as often as I have, you are rarely surprised. But you do tend to remember the first “aha” moment when a truth you would never have anticipated comes roaring in. In

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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