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 stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last ten months. If you’ve been around …

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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 CRISPR/Cas9 in the United States [1]. These experiments have shown greater efficacy in editing embryos than previous attempts. …

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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 neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust” is the primary current museum exhibit. When we go to the …

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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 syndrome, he has written as eloquently and as thoughtful about the slide to eugenics as anyone. Mr. Leach …

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

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 16. Today we’ve already discussed, “The importance of continuing to focus on life-saving Hyde Amendment …

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

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 trust” of American eugenics. The author of a recently-published study on the most famous law …

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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 fetal tissue and whole organs, the drive to extend assisting suicide to children, proposals to …

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

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 trust” of American eugenics. The author of a just-published study on the most famous law …

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“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 involuntarily sterilized. Apparently there is a book about the case [by Adam Cohen] just out, …

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Lessons in Language

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 on reducing the legal time limits for abortion. This tweet was aimed at journalists: ‘Journos, …

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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 American Economics in the Progressive Era (Princeton UP, 2016), by Thomas C. Leonard, …

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Eugenics and the disappearance of civilized behavior

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 year. Many will be strictly educational while some will about remind us of notable victories …

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