Today's Eugenicists – Planned Parenthood
The world has been exposed to the suggestions of eugenics since Plato proposed breeding should be done through a state controlled system to providing 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 that 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.
America was not immune from the horrors of eugenics, at the same time, individual states were passing or had 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!
Although forced sterilizations have been done away with in America the remnants of the progressives’ eugenics work has allowed for the general acceptance of the mutilation and subsequent termination of life for millions of children in utero.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was one of the most outspoken proponents of eugenics in the United States. She 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. Although it is true that Ms. Sanger is well documented in her abhorrence of the practice of abortion, it should be noted that the men who performed the procedures at the time were littler more than careless butchers who not only terminated pregnancies but often times left the would-be mothers sterile, sick or dead.
Current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once 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.
Another side effect of advances in technology has led to the loss of many more children. In May of 2007, The New York Times pointed out that with the advances in prenatal testing, 90% of all Down syndrome babies are aborted. This is a negative eugenic approach that looks to exterminate those seen as unfit to a certain sector of society.
Society has been debating how genetics and ethics would balance if at all. Using positive eugenics (producing superior offspring) is 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. Wells, Ms. Sanger and others in America and Europe proposed nearly a hundred years ago.
The use of negative eugenics has currently destroyed a generation of Americans – a disproportionate number of blacks. The decreased value of life and the acceptance of abortion as a minor procedure to remove unwanted tissue is evidenced by the Center for Medical Progress’ release of an undercover video of Planned Parenthood’s lead physician Dr. Deborah Nucatola – Senior Director of Medical Services.
The video shows the doctor discussing the value of fetal remains and how doctors are advised in ways to partially deliver a fetus in order to harvest hearts, livers and lungs intact. It is shocking and disturbing. The callous and nonchalant reference to the harvesting of organs of the pre-born by Planned Parenthood physicians has even turned off many who would consider themselves pro-choice.
The eugenics movement is still alive and well in the United States. It is effectively weeding out children with Down syndrome; it is weeding out children of color; it is weeding out unwanted children just as Plato, Wells and Sanger hoped.