Eugenics: Alive and Well
The world has been exposed to the suggestions of eugenics since Plato who proposed a positive type. He suggested breeding should be done through a state controlled system to provide the state with the best possible outcomes in progeny.
Eugenics by definition is: "the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, esp. by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)." (Random House) Who would have thought that an enlightened culture such as ours would even contemplate this type of thinking?
The popularity of the eugenics movement was hailed as the leading theory in Plato’s day. It was based on racial purity, population control and control of certain undesirable populations. The thought was in order to rid the population of a cancer you must starve it or excise it.
The movement that gained such momentum in the late 19th Century and early half of the 20th Century through the Progressive movement was – for the most part – dismissed as the work of "mad scientists" when the horrors of its effects were on full display during the fall of the Third Reich. Hitler used both positive and negative eugenics to carry out the ideals of a strong, clean Aryan race. He called for the slaughter of millions, including Poles, Jews and other classes of individuals unfit for the new Germany. Strong Aryan women were not allowed to have abortions and were rewarded for providing the state with newborns.
In America at the time, states were passing legislation to control the population of "imbeciles," the mentally retarded and handicapped. It is no secret that in the United States forced sterilization on "defectives" was allowed in many states during a great portion of the previous century. Although defectives were defined as the mentally ill, mentally challenged and physically handicapped, it was up to the state in certain circumstances to decide who was defective. A horrifying thought today!
What stands today as something that couldn't happen here, does, in fact, happen here. What abortion rights activists fail to point out is that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was one of the most outspoken proponents of eugenics in the United States.
Ms. Sanger was a racial purist and one of her greatest goals was the control – if not the elimination of the Negro population. The Negro Project was designed to keep the black population from growing.
In Harlem she established a clinic for family planning and sold the program to prominent black leaders of the time as a way to minimize misery and poverty by reducing the numbers of black children. Even today Planned Parenthood, and other abortion facilities, aborts many more babies from the black population than the representative amount in the general population.
Today we hear the same arguments for abortion: "Why bring a child into this miserable world?" "Certain people shouldn't be allowed to have children!" And so on. These are the words of elitist minds.
Recently Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg responded to a reporter when asked about the availability of abortion facilities for the poor by saying: "Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae – in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion...."
Justice Ginsburg may or may not be a proponent of a eugenics policy in the United States, but what this does show is possibly why abortion is legal in the United States today. It is simply a way to control population growth – especially among those less fit, or of the wrong race.
The radical left, such as the Czar of Science John P. Holdren, still carry their "dog eared" copy of the Progressive Eugenic handbook with them as their secularistic bible. Mr. Holdren published along with two others, Paul and Anne Ehrlich, a diatribe called Ecoscience, which poses solutions to the impending population boom that would certainly outstrip the resources available and the resourcefulness of humankind. He proposed mass sterilization, forced abortions, coercive fertility control as well as other unbelievable state sponsored horrors.
It doesn't end there. In a May, 2007, piece run by The New York Times, it was pointed out that with the advances in prenatal testing, 90% of all Down Syndrome babies are aborted. This is sharply up as technology becomes increasingly more safe and increasingly more accurate. This is a negative eugenic approach that looks to exterminate those seen as unfit to a certain sector of society.
Ethically society has been debating how genetics, and what is deemed moral, would balance if at all. Positive eugenic trends (producing superior offspring) are alive in the United States as parents can now select the traits with which their child will be born. Shockingly, this is no different than what the Progressives like H.G. Well, Ms. Sanger and others in America and Europe proposed nearly a hundred years ago. We are witness to this rebirth of eugenics – or building a better human being – but on a much smaller scale.
Society in general must realize that these types of policies once thought of as barbaric are still here, but under a different banner.
Be aware, eugenics is here, alive and well. It is a tool of racists and elitists who seek to glorify the strong and minimize the "riff-raff."