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 than a few times I have drawn attention to the work of Mark W. Leach, …Continue reading "“Burden,” “Defective,” “Epidemic”—the lexicon of eugenics is used to describe babies with Down Syndrome"
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 awful beliefs. Instead, he is looked to as a respected ethicist, for example, an article …Continue reading "Peter Singer’s Ethics Should Not Be Applauded"
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 infanticide–to rid the society of those who would drag it down. Margaret Sanger infamously referred …Continue reading "Peter Singer is a Eugenicist"
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 to make the V-word anathema in describing those among us who are cognitively disabled, No …Continue reading "End Baby “Incompatible with Life” Bigotry"
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 exhibit helps us to understand that under the sway of eugenics, it was not a …Continue reading "Reflections on “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race”"
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 month a year. The following essay appeared last month on the site of the Christian …Continue reading "Thank you, Professor Dawkins!"
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 womb to obtain amniotic fluid, the test would come earlier in the pregnancy and put …Continue reading "Love is the Antidote to Prenatal Eugenic Cleansing"
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 worth reprinting. The headline in a USA Today story that ran last month (but which …Continue reading "Annals of Human Genetics Opens Archives, Reveals Dark Past"
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 baby was African-American. He was accusing Republicans who opposed abortion of being racist, claiming: “‘If …Continue reading "Actually, Rep. Holmes, racism was a factor in legalizing abortion"
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. Law doesn’t just reflect our values. In these days of cultural relativism, it teaches right …Continue reading "Roe v. Wade’s Toxic Fruit"
By Margaret Somerville 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 and Law at McGill University in Quebec. According Danish news paper Berlingske, “Denmark has decided not …Continue reading "‘Deselecting’ our children"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This post appeared in the July 2004 issue of National Right to Life News. Unfortunately the ability to target real/potential/imaginary fetal anomalies has only grown more precise. And because this story is just as fresh (we have two other stories about this today), it is part of our year-long …Continue reading "Grassroots Eugenics"