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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

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

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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!

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  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

Love is the Antidote to Prenatal Eugenic Cleansing

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  By Wesley J. Smith Scientists have announced that they are perfecting a maternal blood test that will permit technologists to map the entire genome of the developing fetus. Unlike amniocentesis, which requires the insertion of a needle into the

Annals of Human Genetics Opens Archives, Reveals Dark Past

Eugenicist Karl Pearson in 1903 Courtesy: National Library of Medicine

  By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This first ran in 2011 but the story it tells is so important and so revealing about who supported the eugenics movement here in the United States that I believe it is very much

Actually, Rep. Holmes, racism was a factor in legalizing abortion

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  By Sarah Terzo LifeNews covered the story of how an Alabama legislator Representative Alan Holmes, claimed that 99% of white people would have an abortion (or, particularly, tell their partners to have an abortion) if the father of the

Roe v. Wade’s Toxic Fruit

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  By Wesley J. Smith It has been 41 years since Roe v. Wade “settled” the abortion controversy, leaving in its wake ever-increasing societal divisions and a crumbling of our culture’s commitment to the equality and sanctity of human life.

‘Deselecting’ our children

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  By Margaret Soomerville Editor’s note. Dr. Somerville’s article was in response to an article in a Danish newspaper headlined “Plans to make Denmark a Down syndrome-free perfect society.” She is the founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics