“It is true that the decision to have an abortion is often tragic and painful for the mother, insofar as the decision to rid herself of the fruit of conception is not made for purely selfish reasons or out of convenience, but out of a desire to protect certain important values such as her own…

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Fear and a lack of understanding often cause people to do unthinkable things. The advent of eugenic sterilization in twentieth-century America is one example. Let’s take a step back to the 1880s and briefly meet Sir Francis Galton. Galton was an anthropologist, a sociologist, and a psychologist. He was also a eugenicist. Eugenics is the…

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In the early 20th century, eugenics was widely supported among the educated classes all across the West. Eugenicists fancied themselves benefactors of the human race, putting to use the most cutting-edge science to eradicate human suffering, and to “improve” the human race. By giving nature a helping hand, carefully encouraging the reproduction of the “fittest”…

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Good news in the fight against the culture of death is all too rare. But today, we have extremely good news from the homeland of the “pope of life,” St. John Paul II. Just days ago, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal removed one of the few remaining exceptions to that country’s abortion law, ruling that abortions in…

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At the moment, it is probable that the indirect effect of civilization is dysgenic instead of eugenic; and in any case it seems likely that the dead weight of genetic stupidity, physical weakness, mental instability, and disease-proneness, which already exist in the human species, will prove too great a burden for real progress to be…

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The eugenic movement, therefore, cannot be a short campaign like many political or social movements.  It is, rather, like the founding and development of Christianity, something to be handed on from age to age. ~”Report of the President of the American Eugenics Society, Inc.,” 1926.   As this short history of the eugenics movement shows,…

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It is unjust to cut short the days of a well‑shaped person.  It is not unjust, I say, to prevent the arrival in the world of a being who will certainly be useless to it. ~ The Marquis de Sade.1 The Problem of the Philosophy of Eugenics Despite all of the posturing and lofty theorizing…

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