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

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, …

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Peter Singer’s Ethics Should Not Be Applauded

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 …

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Peter Singer is a Eugenicist

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 …

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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 to make the V-word anathema in describing those among us who are cognitively disabled, No …

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Reflections on “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race”

  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 …

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Love is the Antidote to Prenatal Eugenic Cleansing

  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 …

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Annals of Human Genetics Opens Archives, Reveals Dark Past

  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 …

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

  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 …

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Roe v. Wade’s Toxic Fruit

  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 …

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‘Deselecting’ our children

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 …

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Grassroots Eugenics

  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 …

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