The partisans of eugenic planning hear that other music, the music
that says that there shall be nothing random in the world, nothing
independent, nothing moved by its own vitality, nothing out of keeping
with some idea: even our children must not be our progeny, but our
The Anti-Life Philosophy.
We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon
the best citizens for their lives [in warfare]. It would be strange if
it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State
for these lesser sacrifices ... Three generations of imbeciles are
Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver
The word "eugenics" possesses an entirely undeserved
negative reputation. The science of eugenics is merely the use of
applied genetics to solve the problem of improving the health of the
entire human race by improving the health of individuals.
Scaremongers would have us believe that slavering Nazi butchers in
white lab coats are waiting in the wings for just the right moment to
perform their hideous experiments on the unsuspecting.
The "anti-life mentality" described in Chapter 2 of Volume
I might could just as accurately be called the "eugenics
The theory of eugenics is the purest distillation of anti-life
thought. And the practice of eugenics is the result of the
anti-life movements in action. The theory and practice of eugenics
covers the entire spectrum of the "slippery slope," from
artificial contraception to abortion to euthanasia to genocide, and also
encompasses many other evils as well.
Until about 1985 in this country, eugenics practice had been limited
to dictating that it is we, not God, who determines who will be
born into this world (through the widespread practice of abortion). We
are now at the point where eugenics may very well determine who will remain
here (through the growing practices of infanticide, euthanasia, 'medicide'
Eugenics certainly did not die with the Third Reich. The eugenics
"movement" flourished long before Hitler came to power, and it
is certainly alive and well today. In fact, it is stronger now than it
ever has been. And, since its adherents have learned their lessons
regarding the value of stealth, deception, incrementalism, and
propaganda from long experience, it is far deadlier.
Positive and Negative Eugenics.
In order to be able to understand and discuss the eugenics mentality
and its goals, it is necessary to define the differences between
positive and negative eugenics.
These definitions, set forth by a prominent geneticist, are given
Eugenics Planned breeding designed to alter the genetic makeup of
Positive Eugenics the preferential breeding of so-called superior
individuals in order to improve the genetic stock of the human race.
Negative Eugenics discouragement or the legal prohibition of
reproduction of individuals carrying genes leading to disease or
disability ... can be achieved by genetic counseling or by
sterilization, either voluntary or enforced.
The Christian Response.
Several Christian denominations had already clearly perceived the
threat of eugenics to humanity before the beginning of World War II, and
they moved swiftly to condemn it.
The best-known of these documents was the Vatican's Decree of the
Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office on Eugenics, issued on March
In question-and-answer format, it held that;
Question: "What is thought of the theory called 'eugenics,'
whether positive or negative, and of the means indicated by it to
improve the human race without taking into consideration neither
natural or divine or ecclesiastical laws relative to marriage and
Answer: "The theory of 'eugenics' is to be held entirely
blameable, false and condemned, in accordance with the Encyclical on
Christian Marriage, Casti Connubii, December 31, 1930."
The Basics of the Eugenics
If man is not a divinity, then he is a disease. Either he is the
image of God, or else he is the one animal which has gone mad.
Despite all of the posturing and lofty theorizing of the eugenicists,
there stands one immutable, diamond-hard fact: We must not, we cannot,
dispose of human life if it is perceived as valuable and sacred. The
eugenicists know that, once the connection between God and man is
severed, man is no more than a product of the evolutionary chain, and is
just another animal to be bred, aborted, neutered, or 'put to sleep' for
the general good of society.
If the eugenicists can successfully convince society in general that
"man is just another animal," they have virtually accomplished
their ultimate goals. After all, we have no moral or ethical problems
with breeding, aborting, and slaughtering animals. If the nature of man
as God's greatest creation is generally denied, then we truly are
just another species of soulless animal.
The practice of eugenics is nothing more than the anti-life mentality
put into action. The theory and execution of eugenics-related activities
ties all of the anti-life practices together.
Eugenics is truly a theory that is diametrically opposed to the
precepts of Christianity. On one side of this struggle we have Christian
morality handed down by God and set down in Holy Scripture as
interpreted by the Church Fathers; on the other side we have eugenicist
'morality' handed down by Darwin and set down in The Origin of the
Species as interpreted by the eugenicist 'fathers.'
The First Step: Dehumanization.
The first step in any eugenics or euthanasia program is to dehumanize
the 'target' population. After all, it is much easier to kill a victim
or an enemy who has been dehumanized and demonized.
Pro-abortionists first dehumanized the obviously human fetus by
referring to it as "protoplasmic rubbish," "a gobbet of
meat," "equivalent to fingernail clipping or warts,"
"salamander," and "products of conception."
During the days of slavery, Blacks were called "dregs of
humanity," and were considered "exactly intermediate between
the superior order of beasts such as elephant, dog, and orangutan, and
European or White men." Other slave owners referred to the slave's
"ignorance, brutality, obscenity, animal appetite, viciousness, and
illegitimacy," and called them "ignorant, perverse, wicked,
the pest of white men, and agents of satan."
Nazis held that Jews and others not of Aryan quality "... had to
be treated like tuberculosis bacilli, with which a healthy body may
become infested. This was not cruel, if one remembers that even innocent
creatures of nature, such as hares and deer, have to be killed, so that
no harm is caused by them."
In his book Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler referred to the Jews in
almost comically vitriolic terms, alternatively comparing them to
"maggots in a rotting corpse," "a plague worse than the
Black Death," "mankind's eternal germ of disunion,"
"the drones in the human hive," "spiders sucking blood
out of the people's pores," "a pack of rats eating one
another," "the eternal bloodsucker," "the vampire of
peoples," and "a harmful bacillus that spreads."
Before he targeted the Jews, of course, Hitler killed more than a
quarter of a million "sub-humans." These were adults and
children who suffered from some physical or mental defect, sometimes
trivial in nature.
Under the Nazi eugenicist program, thousands of children were killed
by the Reich Committee for Children. Those sickly persons who would be
eliminated were identified by the Committee for Research on Hereditary
Diseases and Constitutional Susceptibility to Severe Diseases. These
unfortunate people were carried to concentration camps by the Non-Profit
Patient Transport Corporation, and their passage was funded by the
Charitable Foundation for Institutional Care.
The job of the eugenicists is a little tougher today, because they
recognize that they cannot target just one group of people with their
propaganda. They must convince all of us that we are
intrinsically worthless and that all of our value is conferred upon us
by society. In this manner, "society" (as directed by the
eugenicists, of course) will be able to revoke our right to live at any
The quotes shown in Figure 105-1 demonstrate that latter-day
eugenicists/euthanasiasts are far down the road to convincing themselves
that we human beings are just another breed of animal.
ANTI-HUMANITY STATEMENTS BY MODERN EUGENICISTS
Each time another one of us decides not to add another one of us to
the burgeoning billions already squatting on this ravaged planet,
another ray of hope shines through the gloom ... No matter what you're
doing to improve life on planet Earth, I think you'll find that
phasing out the human race will increase your chance of success.
Spokesperson for The Voluntary Human
Extinction Movement (VEHEMENT). Quoted in Joel Dippold. "Live Well
and Die." The Portland [Oregon] Alliance, March 1991, page
We must cut out the cancer of population growth. Coercion? Perhaps,
but coercion in a good cause [population control] ... We must be
relentless in pushing for population control.
Paul Ehrlich. The Population Bomb.
New York: Ballantine Publishers, 1968. Pages 11 and, 24.
[Mankind is] the cancer of the planet.
"U.S. Presents Views on Population
Growth and Economic Development." Department of State Bulletin,
January 31, 1966, p. 176.
We [humans] have grown like a cancer. We're the biggest blight on
the face of the earth.
Ingrid Newkirk, Director of People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Quoted by Charles Oliver.
"Liberation Zoology." Reason Magazine, June 1990, pages
22 to 27.
We are not interested in the utility of a particular species or
free-flowing river, or ecosystem, to mankind. They have intrinsic
value, more value to me than another human body, or a billion of them.
Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, are not as important
as a wild and healthy planet ... Somewhere along the line at about a
billion years ago, maybe half that we quit the contract and became a
cancer. We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the earth ...
Until such time as homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some
of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.
David M. Graber quoting Bill McKibben's The
End of Nature in the Los Angeles Times book review, as
printed in the Orange County (California) Register, October 28,
When it comes to feelings, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They
are all mammals. They all feel pain. There is no rational basis for
saying that a human being has special rights ... 6 million people died
in concentration camps, but 6 billion chickens will die this year in
Ingrid Newkirk, founder and director of
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), quoted by syndicated
columnist Stephen Chapman in the December 6, 1989 Chicago Tribune.
Also see "Animal Rights Activists Take Their Protests Too
Fur." The Oregonian, December 6, 1989, page C5.
Every babe's birth diminishes me ... [obstetricians should
discourage fertility] in order to diminish the amount of adult
stupidity, which itself is a form of social pollution, and a most
dangerous one ... Some form of community coercion gentle or severe,
explicit or cryptic will have to be employed.
Garrett Hardin. "Everybody's Guilty:
The Ecological Dilemma." California Medicine, November 1970,
pages 42 and 45 to 46.
There is no difference between cabbages and kings, we are all
recent leaves on the old tree of life.
Nobel Prize winner Szent Gyorgyi, quoted in
Larry Azar, Philosophy and Ideology. Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishers, page
I see no reason for attributing to man a significance different in
kind from that which belongs to a baboon or a grain of sand.
United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver
Wendell Holmes, quoted in Richard Hertz. Chance and Symbol.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948. Page 107.
To give preference to the life of a being simply because it is a
member of our species would put us in the same position as racists.
Australian 'bioethicist' Peter Singer, Animal
Liberation. Quoted in Joseph Sobran's Washington Watch. "Nice
Kitties?" The Wanderer, April 20, 1989, page 5.
Soon the world may well be engulfed by indescribable horrors as
these nations of the starving are crushed under the weight of their
Edgar R. Chasteen, The Case for
Compulsory Birth Control (Chasteen's suggested law mandating
sterilization and birth control is shown in Chapter 131,
A large family can no longer in itself be viewed as a social
contribution. If the parents of three children decide to have a
fourth, it should be with the full awareness that they are choosing to
indulge their personal desires at the expense of the welfare of their
Lincoln H. Day and Alice Taylor Day. Too
Many Americans. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1964. Pages 133 to 135 and
To view the problem of health rationing objectively, what we need
is a concept of man as a colonial creature, similar to ants and bees
which, like ourselves, are so highly specialized and so dependent on
one another that no one of them can long survive alone. In the hives
and homes of these bees and ants, no special care is given to the aged
or infirm. Consideration is for the welfare of the colony as a whole.
Dr. George Crile, Jr., Head of Surgery at
the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, quoted by Cal Thomas of the Los
Angeles Times Syndicate, September 1984.
The Second Step: Barnyard Medicine.
Eugenicists look upon human beings as a veterinarian looks upon farm
animals. After the dehumanizing process has successfully taken place,
they logically treat human beings just as a vet would treat a
maladjusted or ailing animal.
Charles Darwin, the "Father of Modern Eugenics,"
recommended handling human beings and animals identically in his work The
Descent of Man;
With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and
those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We
civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process
of elimination; we build asylums for the imbeciles, the maimed, and
the sick; we institute poorlaws; and our medical men exert their
utmost skill to save the life of everyone to the last moment. There is
reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a
weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to smallpox. Thus the
weak members of civilized society propagate their kind.
No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will
doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is
surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to
the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man
himself, hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to
In 1938, The Eugenics Society recommended a framework plan for
dealing with human beings under the people=animals philosophy;
The measures which have been proposed for reducing the fertility of
sub-normal persons include regulation of births, sterilization, better
adjustment of mental defectives within the community, legal
prohibition of marriage, termination of pregnancy and health
examinations before marriage ... Thus eugenicists aim at replacing the
present generation by children who are deliberately conceived in the
full light of all known medical, social, and genetic factors. They
favor the planned as against the unplanned family, and they want to
see the community so organized that its best citizens will feel eager
to give full expression to the instincts of parenthood.
And Marie Stopes, birth control champion, member of eugenics
societies, and good friend of Margaret Sanger, complained in her book Radiant
Society allows the diseased, the racially negligent, the
thriftless, the careless, the feeble minded, the very lowest and worst
members of the community, to produce innumerable tens of thousands of
stunted, warped, inferior infants ... A large proportion of these are
doomed from their very physical inheritance to be at best but partly
self supporting, and thus to drain the resources of those classes
above them who have a sense of responsibility. The better classes,
freed from the cost of institutions, hospitals, prisons and so on,
principally filled by the inferior racial stock, would be able to
afford to enlarge their own families.
The sterilization of those totally unfit for parenthood is an
immediate possibility, indeed to perhaps be made compulsory.
Eugenics in Action.
Eugenicists tend to believe that sexuality is a primitive and
basically uncontrollable urge, and mankind, as a species of animal,
simply cannot rise above his nature. Therefore, the resulting 'sexual
frustration' must be relieved somehow if the animals are not to become
uncontrollable. Therefore, pornography must be given to the animals.
If these animals have outlets for their sexual urges, they will
remain placid and docile. So we have school-based clinics and we
distribute free condoms to teens so that they can fornicate whenever
their urges overcome them. Self-discipline is viewed as
"reactionary" and "restrictive."
Of course, we must also breed out undesirable traits so that the
animals will produce what we want them to. So Planned Parenthood
aggressively targets Black, the poor, and the "near-poor" with
dozens of assembly-line abortion mills and hundreds of birth control
clinics, all supported by public tax money.
And we cannot let the animals overpopulate, or there will be adverse
impacts upon those in control. So the United States floods developing
nations with tons of abortifacients that are deemed too dangerous for
American animals to use.
Sick animals, of course, must be put to sleep, because they become
useless and a burden on their owners. So we now have infanticide in our
hospitals to take care of those animals that are born sickly or
deformed, and we have a half-dozen major organizations pushing for
'death with dignity' and assisted suicide to eliminate those animals
that have become weak and unproductive in their old age.
Naturally, we must practice positive eugenics to breed these animals
so that better traits are emphasized, so we have in-vitro
fertilization, artificial insemination, and 'sperm banks' of the 'best'
animal's genes, none of which the critters from the "lower social
strata" can afford, and we must insure that these animal's
undesirable traits are not passed on to their offspring, so we also have
sterilization and abortion for poor animals, paid for with tax dollars.
This means that the infertile rich can afford the technology that
allows them to reproduce, while the only thing that is offered to the
poor for free is the opportunity to limit their fertility.
The Ultimate Goals of the
Sooner or later one human society or another will launch out on
this [eugenic breeding] adventure, whether the rest of mankind
approves or not. If this happens, and a superior race emerges with
greater intelligence and longer life, how will these people look upon
those who are lagging behind? One thing is certain: They, not we, will
be the heirs to the future, and they will assume control.
A. Rosenfeld. The Second Genesis: The
Coming Control of Life.
The ultimate goals of the eugenicists are incredibly far-reaching.
These objectives include not only the elimination of 'bad human stock'
through negative eugenics, but also the 'bio-engineering' of an
'improved' human being through positive eugenics.
Many scientists, drunk with the euphoria of treading where no human
has dared go before, are plunging headlong into lines of research that
would have been unthinkable a few years ago. In addition to accumulating
arcane knowledge, the 'biocrats' have also acquired a dangerous elitist
As one leading researcher boasted, "[Scientists] have the right
to exercise their professional activities to the limit ... as lay
attitudes struggle to catch up with what scientists can do."
In other words, ethics and morals, along with judgment, have been
sacrificed in order to advance the mad dash for knowledge.
This philosophy has destroyed all limits, so that now the bioethical
Prime Directive is:
IF IT CAN BE DONE, IT MUST BE DONE,
AND DAMN THE CONSEQUENCES.
For example, if researchers continue along current lines of inquiry,
it will soon be possible for a woman to conceive and bear her own
(younger) identical twin sister; it will be possible to allow human
embryos to gestate in apes of various species (or even in bovines) in
order to bypass the legal barriers now springing up against surrogate
motherhood; and it may well soon be possible for homosexuals to fulfill
their long-standing fantasy of male pregnancy.
Where Are We Being Led?
The noted French biologist Dr. Jean Rostand wrote in all seriousness
a few years ago that
Here and now Homo Sapiens is in the process of becoming Homo
Biologicus, a strange biped that will combine the properties of
self-reproduction without males, like the green fly; of fertilizing
his female at long distance, like the nautiloid mollusk; of changing
sex, like the xiphores; of growing from cuttings, like the earthworm;
of replacing his missing parts, like the newt; of developing outside
his mother's body, like the kangaroo; and of hibernating, like the
These are not the mad pipe dreams of some isolated quack. Many
leading scientists have advocated the creation of "chimeras"
part-human and part-animal or plant creatures whose usefulness for
various purposes would be enhanced by their new 'qualities.'
Perhaps the best-known radical 'bioethicist' in the world is Joseph
Fletcher, whose pronouncements alternately provide entertainment for
more serious thinkers and scare them half to death.
Two decades ago, Fletcher adeptly linked eugenics to the 'pro-choice'
mentality as he wrote;
If the greatest good of the greatest number (i.e., the social good)
were served by it, it would be justifiable not only to specialize the
capacities of people by cloning or by constructive genetic
engineering, but also to bio-engineer or bio-design para-humans or
"modified men" as chimeras (part animal) or cyborg-androids
(part prostheses). I would vote for cloning top-grade soldiers and
scientists, or for supplying them through other genetic means, if they
were needed to offset an elitist or tyrannical power plot by other
cloners a truly science-fiction situation, but imaginable. I suspect I
would favor making and using man-machine hybrids rather than
genetically designed people for dull, unrewarding or dangerous roles
needed nonetheless for the community's welfare perhaps the testing of
suspected pollution areas or the investigation of threatening volcanos
People who appeal to Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four and
Fahrenheit 451 forget this, that the tyranny is set up first and then
genetic controls are employed.
Coital reproduction, is, therefore, less human than laboratory
reproduction more fun, to be sure, but with our separation of baby
making from lovemaking, both become more human because they are
matters of choice, and not chance. This is, of course, essentially the
case for planned parenthood. I cannot see how either humanity or
morality are served by genetic roulette.
To be men we must be in control. That is the first and the last
ethical word. For when there is no choice, there is no possibility of
ethical action. Whatever we are compelled to do is a-moral.
Fletcher reiterated in his book The Ethics of Genetic Controls:
Let's Stop Playing Reproductive Roulette that scientists should
create a species of half-animal, half-human creatures that would be
expendable and could become living organ banks.
Another 'bioethicist,' Dr. Robert C. Gesteland, an associate
professor of biological sciences at Northwestern University in Illinois,
has suggested (1) crossing humans with plants, so all we'd need for food
would be water and sunlight; (2) developing a servant class of
super-intelligent apes; and (3) best of all, breeding a race of humans
only four inches tall, which would lessen pollution and conserve natural
Watch Out for Leo the Housecat!
It's funny how these allegedly educated people often don't think
about the practical aspects of their hopes and dreams. Presumably, if
Gesteland's dreams came true, (1) we could pass up the McDonald's and
simply graze at the side of the road, (2) we would create and then
enslave another sentient species, and (3) we would shrink ourselves to
the point where pigeons would become our predators and housecats would
be comparatively as large as elephants.
Dr. George Haldane (the late British geneticist) predicted that we
might breed a race of legless humanoid mutants with prehensile tails or
feet for space travel. Other scientists would like to see women laying
eggs that could be hatched or eaten (i.e., we would use our own
young as a food source); human beings with gills to facilitate
underwater travel; and people with two sets of arms and hands, one for
heavy work, the other for lighter tasks.
We are already most of the way down Gerald Leach's "Ladder of
Unnaturalness." Herds of prime cattle embryos are flown across the
Atlantic Ocean in the wombs of female rabbits. Lesbians are now making
men superfluous with sperm banks. The exploitation of women as
'wombs-for-hire' is the first step towards parthenogenesis and actual
But Seriously, Folks ...
The greatest present threat of the eugenics philosophy is not in the
mad pipe dreams of scientists with overactive imaginations, but in the
fixed and functioning eugenics programs that are currently in operation
all over the world. These programs represent an appalling and present
danger, not only to our basic humanity, but to the freedoms that we
cherish the most.
This is because eugenics programs inevitably evolve from
experimentation to implementation to outright coercion.
At first, of course, the programs are voluntary and are directed
towards increasing society's 'quality of life' as much as possible.
The modern-day eugenics movement counted as its first and greatest
victory the popularization of artificial contraception in North American
and Europe. At a 1940 conference of the Birth Control League of America,
eugenicist Henry Pratt Fairchild enthused that "These two great
movements, eugenics and birth control, have now come to such a thorough
understanding and have drawn so close as to be almost
After artificial contraception was firmly entrenched, the eugenicists
turned to their next objective: Abortion on demand. As always, they
began by getting abortion for the "hard cases" legalized. The
pitiful specter of grossly malformed and suffering infants was presented
to the public, and the pro-abortionists insisted that these poor
children would be better off dead because their "quality of
life" was virtually nonexistent.
Of course, this was not the real reason that the eugenicists
wanted abortion for fetal deformities, because they are essentially
self-centered through and through. The actual motivation for the
legalization of eugenic abortion was not because the 'quality of life'
of the child would be decreased by its birth, but that of the
parents specifically and society in general.
Authors M. Simms and Keith Hindell betrayed the reasoning behind
eugenic abortions; "An abnormal foetus is not aborted because it
would die, but on the contrary because it would be healthy enough to
live a sub-human existence. Essentially it is for social, ethical and
aesthetic reasons that some people recoil from the survival of such
sub-humans and prefer to see them aborted."
Madeleine Simms, Research Fellow of the Eugenics Society, takes this
reasoning one step further and pushes for actual coercion: "Has she
[the woman] the right to choose to inflict this burden on the
The eugenics philosophy, as it becomes entrenched in the public mind,
expands as inevitably and inexorably as a free gas. Dr. Julius Adlam
expanded the demand for mandatory eugenic abortion to abortion in the
case of women whose income and possessions are not up to his lofty
standards; "I am not afraid to stick by my belief that only those
couples who have the necessary material possessions and sources of
income to ensure an economically secure and safe cradle should allow a
pregnancy to progress to term."
As always, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America rides 'point'
for the eugenicists. By 1980, it set as a target 85 percent of its
referrals for poor and "near poor" women and 35 percent of its
referrals for teens. This would amount to 30,000 sterilizations and
By 1992, Planned Parenthood was performing well over a hundred
thousand abortions, an equivalent number of abortion referrals, more
than 50,000 sterilizations, and hundreds of thousands of contraceptive
referrals, while providing less than ten thousand women with prenatal
Additional major projects listed by Planned Parenthood in its
Five-Year Plans include major projects directed at the "mentally
retarded" (Project 3); the "physically handicapped"
(Project 4); and "psychiatric patients, criminals, and
prisoners" (Project 6).
This, then, is the Planned Parenthood mission: Target the poor and
the handicapped and emphasize sterilization, abortion, and contraception
instead of real help.
While Planned Parenthood is relatively circumspect in its
pronouncements for obvious public relations reasons, other eugenicists
are not as restrained. Garrett Hardin, the most outspoken American
eugenicist of all, says baldly that
It would be better to encourage the breeding of more intelligent
people rather than the less intelligent. ZPG's [the group Zero
Population Growth] entire attraction has been among the college
population. So in effect, ZPG is encouraging college-educated people
to have fewer children instead of encouraging reduced fertility among
the less intelligent.
The History of the
The Early Years.
Although eugenicists of one stripe or another have always been with
us, perhaps the beginning of the modern organized eugenics movement in
the West can be benchmarked by Francis Galton's 1869 work Hereditary
Genius, in which the author distinguished 'positive' and 'negative'
eugenics. In this work, Galton wondered if it might be possible to
produce geniuses by inbreeding the upper classes through several
generations, while sequestering the "less desirable elements"
in monasteries, convents, and institutions.
Galton (1822-1911), who was Charles Darwin's cousin, described
eugenics as "The science of improving stock ... to give the more
suitable races a better chance of prevailing speedily over the less
suitable." He founded the Eugenics Society in 1907, whose
purpose was "... to spread eugenic teaching and bring human
parenthood under the domination of eugenic ideals."
The new science, which was named Social Darwinism, held that the
struggle for existence in society and evolution would inevitably lead to
the "fittest" races achieving domination over the "less
American eugenicists confined themselves primarily to theorizing and
philosophizing until the early 1920s, when state and local governments
began to "try out" (purely for academic or fiscal reasons, of
course) some of their more apparently innocuous schemes. These plans
naturally targeted those who had the weakest voices; the poor and the
American and British eugenics organizations evolved along parallel
paths over a period of five decades into a bewildering morass of related
and overlapping groups with philosophies that generally meshed
The first 'mental hygiene' society in the world was founded in
Connecticut in 1908. Two years later, The Eugenic Record Office was
founded in the United States. Other organizations that soon followed
were the Brush Foundation for Racial Hygiene, and the premier eugenic
organization in the world, the American Birth Control League (later
As a parallel development, the Eugenic Education Society was founded
in England in 1908. This group was renamed the Eugenics Society, and
eventually spawned several other eugenic organizations.
One of these was the National Association of Mental Health, whose
avowed purpose was the prevention of the transmission of mental
deficiency through strict segregation of the 'mentally unfit.'
Another was the British Birth Control Campaign, which discouraged
fertility among the 'inferior' segments of society and encouraged it
among the 'superior' elements. Yet another was the Voluntary Euthanasia
Society, which aggressively promoted "mercy killing."
The First International Eugenics Congress was held in London in 1912.
Eugenicist S.G. Smith remarked that "Enlightened states have
already agreed that the feeble-minded, the insane and the pauper must
not be allowed to become parents." Keynote speaker at this
conference was Alfred Ploetz, who was the founder of the Nazi Society
for Racial Hygiene.
Marie Carmichael Stopes founded the Society for Constructive Birth
Control and Racial Progress in Britain in 1921.
Lothrop Stoddard was a member of the National Council of the American
Birth Control League (ABCL) when Sanger headed it. Sanger was a life
member of the Eugenics Society in Britain. Havelock Ellis, one of
Sanger's lovers, wrote a favorable review of Stoddard's The Rising
Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy. Harry Laughlin,
another member of the American Birth Control League, received an
honorary M.D. degree from the University of Heidelberg in
acknowledgement of his contributions to the Third Reich. Since 1925,
the Rockefeller Foundation has supported the American Birth Control
League (now Planned Parenthood).
In 1938, the American Society of Euthanasia was established. It
relied heavily on eugenicist theory. One year later, the Margaret Sanger
Clinical Research Bureau and the American Birth Control League merged to
form the Birth Control Federation of America, which itself was
eventually renamed "Planned Parenthood."
In 1949, eugenicists from all over the world met in Cheltenham,
Britain, and founded the International Committee of Planned Parenthood.
The group's magazine was financed and edited by Mrs. Dorothy Brush of
the Brush Foundation for Racial Hygiene. The International Committee
met in Bombay four years later and changed its name to the International
Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
In 1963, the British Eugenics Society resolved that its
"activities in crypto-eugenics should be pursued vigorously,"
and that it "should increase its monetary support of the
International Planned Parenthood Federation." The IPPF was
listed as a member of the British Eugenics Society as recently as
It is interesting to note that the International Planned Parenthood
Federation has stepped far beyond the boundaries of advocacy for
voluntary eugenics programs by recommending penalties for those couples
failing to follow the Chinese coercive population policies. The IPPF has
also generously funded these policies.
Eugenics in Action.
British and American eugenicists did not content themselves with
attending conventions and playing musical chairs with their
organizations. They longed to set their principles into action.
The eugenicists considered the Immigration Restriction Act of 1924 to
be one of their greatest victories. This Act assumed that "inferior
peoples" included Poles, Blacks, Greeks, Irish, Orientals, and
Eastern and Southern Europeans. "Superior stock" allegedly
included the English, the Germans, the Scots, the Danes and Swedes, and
the French (but only if they were not Catholics). President Calvin
Coolidge signed the Immigration Restriction Act with relish. He had
declared that "America must be kept American. Biological laws show
that Nordics deteriorate when mixed with other races."
Eventually, American eugenicists found the simplest and most
effective way of preventing the "less desirable classes" from
reproducing widespread involuntary surgical sterilization. Famous New
York urologist William Robinson was certainly not unique in his view
that "It is the acme of stupidity to talk in such cases of
individual liberty, of the rights of the individual. Such [unfit]
individuals have no rights. They have no right in the first instance to
be born, but, having been born, they have no right to propagate their
The first American law mandating the sterilization of 'undesirables'
was passed immediately after World War I ended. The operations were
performed in "mental health facilities" on "unwed
mothers, prostitutes, petty criminals and children with disciplinary
Indiana was the first State to pass a compulsory sterilization law.
It did so in 1907, and was followed by Connecticut and California in
1909; Iowa in 1911; North Dakota, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Michigan in
1913; Nebraska in 1915; New Hampshire, Oregon, and South Dakota in 1917;
North and South Carolina and Alabama in 1919; Delaware and Montana in
1923; and another 11 states by 1956, for a total of 28.
These laws were patterned on the Model Eugenical Sterilization Law,
promulgated by Harry H. Laughlin, director of the Eugenics Record
Office. This legislation called for the sterilization of criminals,
mental patients, the retarded, the blind, deaf, diseased, alcoholics,
and dependents upon society the homeless, orphans, and
Before Germany's Sterilization Act was passed, California was the
world's primary eugenics experimentation entity, with more than 15,000
involuntary sterilizations of psychiatric inmates.
In the United States, from 1907 to 1941, more than 36,000 persons in
all were forcibly sterilized, mostly in California, Virginia, and
Indiana, primarily for "feeblemindedness" or for having been
born into large welfare families.
In 1927, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes delivered the
Court's Buck v. Bell decision, which upheld the widespread
enforced eugenic sterilization of poor Black women in several states. In
his opinion, Holmes wrote that "We have seen more than once that
the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It
would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the
strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices ... Three generations
of imbeciles are enough."
Justice Holmes had once remarked that "I see no reason for
attributing to man a significance different in kind from that which
belongs to a baboon or a grain of sand."
The Nazis, of course, were corresponding with their American
counterparts, and eventually created the 1933 Law for the Prevention of
Progeny with Hereditary Disease. This law was the basis for Hitler's
race purification program, and was directly patterned after the American
Model Eugenical Sterilization Law.
Following the lead of established practice in the United States,
German eugenicists sterilized 225,000 people who were classified as
"mental defectives" between the years of 1934 and 1937.
By 1935, leading American geneticist Hermann J. Muller complained
that the legitimate aspects of the science of eugenics had been
"... hopelessly perverted into a cult for advocates for race and
class prejudice, defenders of vested interests of church and state,
Fascists, Hitlerites, and reactionaries generally."
In 1975, a United States Federal court found that, under these laws,
100,000 to 150,000 women were sterilized annually in the United
States after World War II without their knowledge or consent
under Federal programs. From 1924 right up until the early 1970s, more
than 7,500 poor men and women were forcibly sterilized in the State of
Virginia alone every year.
The Traces Linger On.
Vestiges of this racist American eugenics program still linger to
this day. The Federal government continues to fund 90 percent of the
cost of sterilization of poor women under Medicaid and other family
planning programs, but will not pay for infertility treatments.
And, of course, we still have many influential pro-abortion and
pro-eugenics scientists calling for enforced sterilization and abortion.
Dr. Cecil B. Jacobson, Chief of the Reproductive Genetics Unit of George
Washington University Hospital, asserts that "I can't imagine any
reasonably responsible person arguing against the abortion of mongols
... If we could tell what fetuses are going to be affected with cancer
in their 40s and 50s, I would be for aborting them now."
And, in a 1979 symposium significantly sponsored by the March of
Dimes, Joseph Fletcher said that "People who carry genetic disease
should be prevented from having children. We ought, in conscience, to
have a humane minimum standard of reproduction, not blindly accepting
the outcome of every conception. And we ought to act on our genetic
information to prevent the birth of children below that
Even more ominous that the views of anti-life individuals and
organizations were the chilling results of a comprehensive poll of
health workers and opinion leaders, which showed that 78 percent and 67
percent respectively would approve of the widespread involuntary
sterilization of mentally handicapped and mentally ill women.
The only reasons we do not hear more about these quotes and surveys
is that these people move in influential circles that average citizens
never breach, and the Neoliberal media hushes up their indiscretions so
that the public never hears about them.
For more information on the racism of abortion (including the
court-ordered use of sterilizing 'contraceptives'), see Chapter 78 of
Volume II, "The Racism of Abortion."
Although the practice of enforced sterilization has largely been
stamped out, it is interesting to note that Neofeminists commonly use it
as a red herring by tying it to abortion 'rights.'
One of the favorite slogans of the Neofeminists is;
NO FORCED STERILIZATION!
NO COMPULSORY PREGNANCY!
Even More "Progress."
Other eugenicists, sensing that their "window of
opportunity" had arrived, demanded that the American eugenics
program "progress" even further, and as quickly as possible.
Frederick Osborne called for the mandatory segregation of those persons
with birth defects and mental disabilities in state-run institutions.
Even if such unfortunates recovered, a condition of their release would
be mandatory sterilization. Osborne also demanded mandatory
sterilization of all those who carried hereditary disabilities (which
would account for more than 20 percent of the population), and mandatory
contraceptive use by all those whose family history indicated a
predisposition towards serious hereditary defects (another twenty
percent of the nation's population).
The Racism of Eugenics.
The Expert Speaks.
A very concise and complete summation of the fully-devolved
eugenicist philosophy is provided us by Norman E. Hines in his 1938 book
Practical Birth-Control Methods;
All the rights we have are those granted to us by society.
Certainly there is no natural right to spawn defective children who
must be supported by others through taxation or charity. The crisis in
this instance is the enormous expense to the state of the care of the
defective classes and the contamination of the biological stock which
results from their reproduction ... While sterilization is no
substitute for segregation, it is also true that segregation is no
substitute for sterilization. They must go hand in hand.
Ever since the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany an objection that
has frequently been raised against eugenical sterilization is that a
voluntary sterilization program may turn into a compulsory one. Some
thoughtful people sincerely fear this. But the history of eugenical
sterilization in the United States and in other democratic countries
offers little warrant for the contention. This is the old fallacy of
ultimate danger; that if we take step A, it would lead to step B; that
if we take step B, it may lead to step C, and so forth without end.
The evidence now available shows that even in Nazi Germany, where
there is a great deal of compulsion that would not be tolerated by
citizens who believe in democracy, there has been as yet no attempt to
sterilize any special racial group ...
Most of the objections to eugenical sterilization are based upon
unfounded fears, insufficient knowledge, or faulty reasoning. None of
the objections has substantial merit. They are comparable to the
arguments made ten years ago against birth control, even by some
supposedly will-informed individuals, that birth-control devices
caused sterility, necessarily led to immorality, would cause 'race
suicide,' were unreliable, etc.
... we do not need the defective classes. They are already an
excessive burden upon the State. A few special students of the problem
even believe that our society is undergoing a "moronization"
process; that the intelligence level of the American people is
declining because the gifted have few children and the stupid many ...
Probably it will take society a span of years to learn how to use it
[eugenic sterilization] properly as a weapon for its own improvement
Note the author's representation and summation of classic eugenicist
theories, which, despite their antique quaintness, are still deadly
poisonous to this day;
• that all rights are bestowed by the State alone, even to
the granting (or withholding) of the right to life to handicapped
• that "defectives" are expensive and "contaminate
the biological stock," and therefore society does not need
"the defective classes;"
• that the slippery slope theory (here called the "ultimate
danger fallacy") has no merit, and, in fact, all anti-eugenicist
arguments are baseless and originate from ignorance; and
• that birth control methods are reliable, do not cause physical
damage, do not lead to immorality, and may one day be compulsory.
Attempts to Debunk the 'Slippery Slope.'
It is amusing that the author tried bravely to debunk the
"ultimate danger" (slippery slope) theory by stating that
there was "little warrant" for the contention that Nazi
Germany's voluntary sterilization program might turn into a campaign of
Hines' book was first published in August 1938. Unknown to him, a
compulsory sterilization program had already begun in Nazi
He also feigned ignorance of the fact that, by 1938, several states
had created Boards of Eugenics that typically endorsed involuntary
sterilization and castration for those individuals who were "...
feeble minded, insane, epileptic, habitual criminals, degenerates and
sexual perverts reported to it who will probably become a social menace
or ward of the State."
So much for disproving the "slippery slope" theory!
And yet, modern-day eugenicists are following Hines' lead as they
insist that they can control the extent to which their
"reforms" are applied in society.
Of course, it does not really matter to the eugenicists if they can
control the horrors they propose to unleash; they approve of coercion in
any case, and, as long as they are not victims of the programs that they
spawn, they are content to sit back and observe the
"cleansing" of society's gene pool.
In his vividly-titled book The Rising Tide of Color Against White
World-Supremacy (introduced by fellow racist/eugenicist Madison
Grant), eugenicist Lothrop Stoddard waxes eloquent about what he calls
"the root of all our problems," and by doing so replicates
almost precisely Hines' philosophy. However, Stoddard's writings
have an additional dimension in that they demonstrate beyond a shadow of
reasonable doubt the intimate connection between eugenics and
... upon the quality of human life all else depends ... none
of the colored races shows perceptible signs of declining birth-rate,
all tending to breed up to the limits of available subsistence ... It
can mean only one thing: A tremendous and steadily augmenting outward
thrust of surplus colored men from overcrowded colored homelands ...
But many of these relatively empty [Northern] lands have been
definitely set aside by the white man as his own special heritage ...
His ["colored" man's] outstanding quality is
superabundant animal vitality. In this he easily surpasses all other
races. To it he owes his intense emotionalism. To it, again, is due
his extreme fecundity, the negro being the quickest of breeders. This
abounding vitality shows in many other ways, such as the negro's
ability to survive harsh conditions of slavery under which other races
have soon succumbed ... black blood, once entering a human stock,
seems never really bred out again ...
White men cannot, under peril of their very race-existence, allow
wholesale Asian immigration into white race-areas ... The grim truth
of the matter is this: The whole white race is exposed, immediately or
ultimately, to the possibility of social sterilization and final
replacement or absorption by the teeming colored races.
And, of course, the more primitive a type is, the more prepotent it
is. This is why crossings with the negro are uniformly fatal. Whites,
Amerindians, or Asiatics all are alike vanquished by the invincible
prepotency of the more primitive, generalized, and lower negro blood.
... whether we consider interwhite migrations or colored
encroachments on white lands, the net result is an expansion of lower
and a contraction of higher stocks, the process being thus a disgenic
For race-betterment is such an intensely practical matter! When
peoples come to realize that the quality of the population is the
source of all their prosperity, progress, security, and even
existence; we shall see much-abused "eugenics" actually
moulding social programmes and political policies ... we or the next
generation will take in hand the problem of race-depreciation, and
segregation of defectives and abolition of handicaps penalizing the
better stocks will put an end to our present racial decline.
Notice how, near the end of the second paragraph, Stoddard lets slip
that he does not consider Blacks to be human.
Does this sound familiar?
Notice also how Stoddard waxes prophetic in the last paragraph. His
prophecy, unfortunately, has been transformed into fact. It is our
benighted generation that has taken up the task of "abolishing
handicaps" with the devastatingly effective weapons of
amniocentesis, abortion, and infanticide.
It is interesting to note that Stoddard sat on the board of Margaret
Sanger's American Birth Control League (soon to become Planned
Parenthood), and his book The Rising Tide of Color Against White
World-Supremacy was plugged in Sanger's magazine Birth Control
America: Inspiration for
Everything must be examined from this [utilitarian] point of view
and used or rejected according to its utility.
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.
Seeds of Destruction.
If they are capable of seeing past their blind nationalism and
close-mindedness, most people are astounded to realize that the
philosophy and framework of the Nazi eugenics program originated not in
Germany, but right here in the United States!
The American Philosophy.
In the mid-1930s, the pathologically anti-Semitic American, Madison
Grant, argued that "sentimental beliefs" [such as
Christianity] short-circuited the practice of infanticide, which he saw
as a natural weeding-out process necessary to the "preservation of
the [human] species."
Dr. Lothrop Stoddard asserted that compulsory sterilization of the
"unfit" was a "gift" from the American eugenics
In May of 1933, Margaret Sanger's Birth Control Review
featured an article entitled "Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent
Need," which was authored by Ernst Rudin, who founded the Nazi
Society for Racial Hygiene and was Hitler's Director of Genetic
Sterilization. He was also director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for
Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics during the Third Reich, and
wrote the Nazi's Sterilization Laws.
Respected philosopher H.L. Mencken urged that "A resolute attack
be made on the fecundity of all the males on the lowest rung on the
Charles Davenport, another prominent American eugenicist, asserted
that "Our ancestors drove Baptists from Massachusetts Bay into
Rhode Island, but we have no place to drive the Jews to. Also, they
burned the witches, but it seems to be against the mores to burn any
considerable part of our population."
A number of American eugenicists actually lobbied for Adolf Hitler to
be "... made an honorary member of the [American] Eugenics Record
The Nazi Response.
Madison Grant and Dr. Lothrop Stoddard exerted great influence
"... in awakening in Germany ... the movement for the preservation
and increase of the Nordic race."
According to historians, Hitler's closest advisers were
"avid" readers of Grant and Stoddard in German publications,
"... years before the Third Reich." After voraciously
consuming the "works" of such American "thinkers,"
is it any wonder that Rudolf Hess stated simply that "Nazism is
The Nazis welcomed Henry Ford as "a great individualist and a
great anti-Semite," primarily because of his extensive writings
defaming Jews. Hitler praised Ford in his book Mein Kampf and
hung his picture in his Munich headquarters. Ford ran for President in
the 1920s, and part of his platform was ridding the country of the
"Jew bankers" whom he blamed for causing World War I and the
Depression. On his 75th birthday, in 1938, Ford became the first
American to receive Hitler's Supreme Order of the German Eagle.
In July of 1931, a member of the German Mental Hygiene Movement
We Germans cannot totally ignore events which occur outside our
borders. A whole series of nations have positively accepted that the
laws of heredity do affect the development of mental abnormality and
have understood the consequences of that and created [compulsory]
sterilisation laws. The Americans have been reproached with relentless
pluck because of laws they have passed in 22 of their States.
Ernst Rudin, writing in the April 1933 issue of Margaret Sanger's Birth
Control Review, demanded that the "lower strata" comprised
of ten million Americans be involuntarily sterilized en masse,
and described the situation in Germany as "... proceeding towards a
policy that will be in accord with the best thought of eugenicists in
all civilized countries."
Gradually, the Nazis began to believe that eugenics could accomplish
two major objectives for the Fatherland: (1) the practice could
drastically cut the costs of caring for "hopeless idiots,"
thereby releasing more funds for the war effort, and (2) eugenics could
ensure Third Reich world domination by actively breeding a superior race
of human beings, called variously The Master Race, The Aryan Race, and Homo
As one famous Nazi physician postulated, "The destiny of the
German people was to be assembling and preserving the most valuable
Aryan stocks ... slowly and surely raising them to a dominant
Figure 105-2 shows many of the amazingly close parallels between the
Nazi and American eugenics/euthanasia programs. Note the identical
language used by both sets of eugenicists and the nearly identical
progression of events that brought both programs into "full
COMPARISON OF QUOTES AND EVENTS FROM THE NAZI AND AMERICAN EUGENICS
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"What good does it do to humanity to
"Most birth defects are not
artificially and rear the thousands until
birth. If a child were not declared
of cripples, deaf-mutes and idiots? Is it not
alive until three days after
better and more
doctor could allow the
rational to cut off from the first this unavoidable child to die
if the parents so chose and
misery which their poor lives will bring them-
save a lot of misery and
selves and their families?"
I believe this view is the only rational,
Nazi 'ethicist' Dr. Ernst Haeckel, 1904.
compassionate attitude to
American 'ethicist' Dr.
1920: Alfred Hoche and Judge Karl 1931: Margaret
Sanger, in her book
Binding Die Freigabe der Vernichtung Pivot of Civilization,
Lebensunwerten Leben ("The "[Philanthropists] encourage
Permission to Destroy Life healthier and more normal sections of
Unworthy of Life"), which recom- the world to shoulder the burden
mended the active euthanasia of of the
unthinking and indiscriminate
"absolutely worthless human beings,"
fecundity of others; which brings
including the retarded, the deformed,
with it, as I think the reader must
and the feebleminded and senile. The
dead weight of human
book referred to
Instead of decreasing and
as "a healing work," and "an
aiming to eliminate
the stocks that are
able, useful act." Frederick Wertham,
most detrimental to
the world, it tends
author of A Sign for Cain, wrote
to render them to a menacing degree
that "This little book influenced, or at
least crystallized, the thinking of a
1931: Physicians and psychiatrists
1926: "There is
only one reply to a
begin to discuss means of mass
request for a higher
sterilization and/or killing of mental
the intelligent, and that is to ask
patients while meeting at professional
government to first take the burden of
the insane and feeble-minded from
off your back. [Mandatory] sterilization
for these is the answer."
Margaret Sanger, Birth Control
Review, October 1926.
1933: Selective forced abortions
becomes the first of 28
and the mass sterilization of those
states to pass a
with "serious hereditary diseases"
law aimed at those considered "unfit."
years later, the selective forced
abortions and mass sterilization
aimed at Puerto Rican
and Native America women are
still being carried out.
"The enormous costs imposed on
"Institutional care for Down Syndrome
our society by congenital defects
alone represents an
is calculated to be 1.2 billion
$250-350 million per
National Academy of Sciences,
Dr. Gerhard Wagner, 1935.
1935: Hitler convenes high-level
societies begin to
conferences to discuss the possibility
hold high-level conferences
of establishing programs for liquidating
purpose of discussing the liquidation
the "incurably ill."
"human vegetables" and the
"incurably ill elderly."
1935: On May 10, the first large-scale
1987: The first
murders of helpless people by the
of helpless people by American
Nazi regime occurred when twelve
euthanasiasts occurred when eight
mental patients were euthanized at
persons were starved to death
at a nursing home in Galveston, Texas.
1937: The SS (Schutzstaffel) organizes its
1973: The Center
for Germinal Choice,
Lebensborn program where, in secret villas
a sperm bank for Nobel
scattered throughout Germany, the SS elite
and other "supermen,"
is established in
breed with superior female Reich women.
California. Lesbians begin to organize
their own sperm banks in order to
avoid 'breeding with men.'
1938: Leipzig. Baby boy Knauer is born blind
and missing part of one arm and one leg. He is
Doe is born with an esophagal
the ideal test case for Germany's euthanasia/
and spina bifida. He is the ideal test
eugenics program. Hitler's personal physician,
case for America's euthanasia/
Karl Brandt, murdered the child. The eugenicists eugenics program.
The baby was
carefully observed the reaction of the judicial
allowed to die of thirst and
system and the press to this murder.
The eugenicists carefully observed the
It was positive.
reactions of the judicial system and
the press to this murder.
It was positive.
Reference: Most of these events and quotes are described in William
Brennan. The Abortion Holocaust: Today's Final Solution. Order
from Landmark Press, Post Office Box 13547, 1461 Dunn Road, St. Louis,
Missouri 63138, or Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia
24174, telephone: (703) 586-4898. 1983, 237 pages.
Gearing Up the Program.
Although all of the blame for the Nazi
eugenics program cannot be laid at the feet of American
"thinkers," German and American eugenicists corresponded
regularly even before World War I. As early as 1905, German eugenicist
Dr. Alfred Ploetz opposed caring for the sick and poor because, as he
asserted, it led to degeneration of the Aryan race, an attitude that
corresponded startlingly to Margaret Sanger's.
Five years later, Germany formally recognized eugenics as a
respectable science by establishing the Society for Racial Hygiene,
which Ploetz founded.
'Sterilizing' the Tarnished Image.
The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of
crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not even done in
concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result.
But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted)
by quiet men in clean, carpeted and well-lighted offices, by quiet men
with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do
not need to raise their voices.
C.S. Lewis. The Screwtape Letters.
By the end of World War II, the word
"eugenics" had lost much of its glittering appeal. People saw
and remembered what could happen when eugenics programs, with all of
their empty promises, were given free rein. The "new
eugenicists" insisted that the problem was not eugenics practice,
but the Nazis they had simply gone "too far."
But thinking people recognized that the Vernichtungslagern the
death camps were not an aberration of eugenics theory but its
most perfect product.
But, like Communists, the eugenicists are convinced of the
correctness of their clouded vision, no matter how many failures they
suffer. They will not be deterred by an infinity of failures or a
mountain of evidence against them.
And so, after World War II, they went 'underground' in their
activities, if not in their thinking. Their primary purpose for about 40
years after the end of the War was image building and damage control.
They sought to sanitize and make innocuous the appearance of the roots
of eugenics, and they sought to sever the concept entirely from the
horrors of World War II.
Dr. Horace Blacker noted that "The [British Eugenics] Society
should pursue eugenic ends by less obvious means, that is by a policy of
crypto-eugenics, which was apparently proving successful with the US
Pro-eugenics "historians" were so sensitive to negative
connotations that they even shortened the original title of Charles
Darwin's famous book The Origin of the Species by Means of Natural
Selection on the Preservation of Favored Species for Life to The
Origin of the Species.
The Power Behind the Theories.
The front line of the eugenics cartel
has historically included a vast international web of more than 250,000
full-time psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, college professors,
bankers, bioethicists, writers, fundraisers, publicists, attorneys,
judges, legislators, publishers, editors, prominent Neoliberal
churchmen, and newspaper owners. The eugenics movement now has more than
twice as many full-time employees than it did when it originally
flowered in the 1920s and 1930s.
In order to give an idea of what type of influential people are
members of eugenics groups, Figure 105-3 lists some of the more famous
members of the British Euthanasia Society from 1907 to the present. Note
that this list includes the founder and three subsequent presidents of
the International Planned Parenthood Federation; the son and the
grandson of evolutionist Charles Darwin; Marie Stopes, the birth control
pioneer; famous Neoliberal churchmen; leading economists; illegal
abortionists; Members of Parliament; high United Nations officials; and
high-ranking members of the Nazi Party.
PAST AND PRESENT DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL EUGENICS SOCIETY
Rev. Dr. D.S. Bailey, participant in the Anglican Lambeth
Conference of 1930 that approved of contraception
Professor D. Baird, Britain's most famous illegal abortionist
Sir Thomas Barlow, personal physician to Queen Victoria,
King Edward VII, and George V.
C.P. Blacker, lawyer, doctor, and co-founder of the
International Planned Parenthood Federation
Vice Admiral F. Clifton Brown
Dr. Harrison Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders, Royal Committee on Population
Frederick Chance, who funded Margaret Sanger's first U.S.
birth control clinic
Professor S. Chandrasekhar, India's leading population controller,
author of Abortion in a Crowded World
Eustace Chesser, Secretary, Society for Sex Education and
Guidance, and member, Abortion Law Reform Association
Sir John Cockburn, President of the International Masons
SIR CHARLES DARWIN, grandson of Sir Charles Darwin
Leonard Darwin, son of Sir Charles Darwin
Dr. Neil Dayton, American Association on Mental Deficiency
C.V. Drysdale, lawyer and Secretary of the Malthusian League
HAVELOCK ELLIS, companion of Margaret Sanger
Sir Robert Esnor, Royal Commission on Population
Sir Ronald A. Fisher, Professor of Eugenics
Francis Galton, founder of the American eugenics movement and
author of the 1869 work Hereditary Genius
Sir Eardley Holland, President of the Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Mrs. Vera Houghton, First General Secretary of IPPF and
Chief Executive of the Abortion Law Reform Association;
married to Lord Houghton, head of the British Labour
Party in the 1970s.
Julian S. Huxley, Secretary General, UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
LORD JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES, economist, editor of
The Economic Journal for 34 years, governor of the
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development;
his wife, Lady Keynes, was also a member
Professor David Mace, Executive Director, American
Association of Marriage Counselors
A.E. Mourant, author of The Genetics of the Jews
Professor W.C.W. Nixon, the famous "[illegal] abortionist
of Gower Street."
Frederick Osborne, lawyer and Secretary of the American
Captain G.H.L.F. Pitt-Rivers, Secretary General of the
International Union for Scientific Investigation of
ALFRED PLOETZ, founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene
MALCOLM DAVID POTTS, President, International Planned
Mrs. Margaret Pyke, Chairman of the International Planned
The Honorable Keith Rous, Member of Parliament
MARGARET SANGER, founder of the American Birth Control League
(later Planned Parenthood)
Sir Henry Self, President, Modern Churchmen's Union
Professor Alan Carruth Stevenson, Director, Medical Research
Council Population Genetics Unit
Abraham Stone, doctor and lawyer, head of the Margaret Sanger
MARIE STOPES, birth control pioneer and founder of the Society
for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress
Professor C.H. Waddington, President, International Union of
Reference: Katherine S. O'Keefe. "Crypto-Eugenics: The Hidden
Agenda of Planned Parenthood." 1991, 52 pages. Order from St.
George Financial Research, Post Office Box 171, Asbury, New Jersey
18802-0171. Appendix B lists the names of more than 500 members of the
Eugenics Society from 1907 to the present.
American membership lists (unlike the British lists) are protected by
privacy laws. However, it is safe to assume that even more influential
eugenicists sit on the boards of anti-life organizations in the United
States than do in Britain.
These professional full-time eugenicists are backed up by the full
financial and organizational might of more than 250 pro-euthanasia,
pro-abortion, animal rights, environmentalist, and homosexual groups and
tens of millions of people who like to think of themselves as
Just for a moment, try to imagine the magnitude of the colossal
influence and power wielded by this massive group of organizations.
The eugenics cartel is a very efficient and effective self-contained
and self-sufficient industry that has many branches that interlock and
support each other. They advance the eugenicist cause by simply
eliminating those people they deem to be 'useless' or 'unwanted.' They
push abortion, infanticide, contraceptive imperialism, eugenic
euthanasia, genetic counseling and mapping, in-vitro
fertilization, sterilization, sex education, and sex therapy, and a
universe of other horrors that once were unthinkable to moral people
But the Eugenicists Dream On ...
The eugenicists are now merely
waiting for an opportune moment to re-emerge into respectable company.
After abortion on demand was thrust upon the land, and after the
much-publicized killings of numerous handicapped babies in the
mid-1980s, the 'new eugenicists' inserted themselves into the growing
public debate in the guise of pro-euthanasia groups.
Despite its tarnished image, the theory and practice of eugenics
lives on in the United States. There apparently will always be those
people who never seem to learn their lessons from history, those people
who are so wrapped up in implementing their vision of the "perfect
world" that they trample all others underfoot.
As George Santayana put it, "Those who do not learn from history
are doomed to repeat it."
Latter-day eugenicists are motivated by precisely the same
desires as were those earlier in this bloody century. Primarily, they
would like to (1) save money, and (2) insure that all members of the
human race receive their "stamp of approval" before being
entitled to exist or continue their current existence.
Abortion As Human Culling.
Dr. David A. Hamburg of the Psychiatry
Department of the Stanford University Medical School has approved of the
UNESCO (United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization) theory that
abortion might be a way to prevent a future Genghis Khan or Hitler from
being born. The implementation of such an abortion program would
require the mandatory genetic testing of all unborn babies via
amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling (CVS), and the mandatory
abortion of those babies whose genes were deemed
"unsatisfactory" by the eugenicists.
This figure would include from 20 to 50 percent of all pregnancies.
Another popular eugenicist notion is to remove
all of the eggs from adolescent girls and obtain sperm samples from
adolescent boys. After this "harvesting," teenagers would be
neutered. Their egg and sperm cells would be subjected a battery of
genetic tests, and only the 'best' would be kept for future implantation
in mothers deemed "fit" for the task.
Two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling has suggested that those
who carry "dysfunctional genes" have information on their
disabilities tattooed in code onto their foreheads.
While we're at it, why don't we take just a minute and tattoo the
numbers "666" there as well?
Randall Craig Fasnacht is one person who currently believes that the
licensing of parents will solve poverty and all of man's other ills.
Fasnacht, who runs The Life*Force Institute out of Albany, New York,
published the book Life*Child: The End of Poverty in 1992,
alleging that the national debt will be abolished by the year 2020 if
only "fit" parents are licensed to have children. Other
benefits that will allegedly accrue to such a program include the
abolition of all crime, illegitimacy (of course!), unemployment, school
dropouts, drug use, and all teen pregnancy.
It is inconceivable that all of these evils could be stamped out in
just 30 years without the use of massive and institutionalized coercion.
Finally, 'distinguished' biologist John Maynard Smith would like to
give tax breaks and bonuses to the educated and intelligent who have
children and heavily penalize others.
The Recent Quotes.
Many men and women who are literally revered by
the scientific world are hard-core eugenicists. It is frightening indeed
that their more conventional ideas (still laced with the poisonous
eugenics theory) have gained widespread acceptance in our Western
These "distinguished" thinkers and philosophers include
George Bernard Shaw, Garrett Hardin, Paul Ehrlich, William Shockley,
Margaret Sanger, Friedreich Nietzsche, and Charles Darwin.
Some of their eugenicist quotes are shown in Figure 105-4.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN EUGENICISTS
With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and
those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We
civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of
elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the
sick; we institute poorlaws; and our medical men exert their utmost
skill to save the life of everyone to the last moment. There is reason
to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak
constitution would formerly have succumbed to smallpox. Thus the weak
members of civilized society propagate their kind.
No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals
will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is
surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to
the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man
himself, hardly anyone is do ignorant as to allow his worst animals to
Charles Darwin. The Descent of Man. Encyclopedia Britannica,
Inc., Chicago, London, and Toronto. Section I, Chapter 5.
Society as the trustee of life is responsible to life for every
botched life that comes into existence; and as it has to atone for such
lives, it ought consequently to make it impossible for them ever to see
the light of day: it should in many cases actually prevent the act of
procreation, and may, without any regard for rank, descent, or
intellect, hold in readiness the most rigorous forms of compulsion and
restriction, and, under certain circumstances, have recourse to
castration ... "Thou shalt do no murder," is a piece of
ingenuous puerility compared with "Thou shalt not beget!!!"
... The [unhealthy] must at all costs be eliminated, lest the whole fall
Friedreich Nietzsche, quoted in Mark Haller. Eugenics. New
Jersey: Rutgers Press, page 53.
... we do not need the defective classes. They are already an
excessive burden upon the State. A few special students of the problem
even believe that our society is undergoing a "moronization"
process; that the intelligence level of the American people is declining
because the gifted have few children and the stupid many ... Probably it
will take society a span of years to learn how to use it [eugenic
sterilization] properly as a weapon for its own improvement ...
Norman E. Hines, Ph.D. Practical Birth-Control Methods. New
York: Viking Press, 1946.
We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call
upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could
not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these
lesser sacrifices ... Three generations of imbeciles are enough.
United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes,
in his opinion for the decision Buck v. Bell, 274 US 200 (1927),
No training or education can create intelligence; you must
breed it ... The social imperialist state might well have to intervene
in reproductive matters, at least in the families of anti-social
propagators of unnecessary human beings.
British scientist Karl Pierson, Huxley Lectures, quoted in Daniel
Kelves. In the Name of Eugenics. New York: Knopf Publishing
Company, pages 3 and 34.
There is now no reasonable excuse for refusing to face the fact
that nothing but a eugenics religion can save our civilization from the
fate that has overtaken all previous civilizations.
George Bernard Shaw, quoted in Mark Haller. Eugenics. New
Jersey: Rutgers Press, page 19.
... educated Americans came increasingly to identify themselves
and their values with the Angle-Saxon races ... and its love for
liberty. That same love of liberty caused the peoples of Northern Europe
to accept Protestantism, while more servile people of southern Europe
remained under the domain of Rome.
Mark Haller. Eugenics. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press,
1963, page 51.
[We have a choice of] a painless weeding out before birth or a
more painful and wasteful elimination of individuals [with low IQ] after
Garrett Hardin. Biology: Its Human Implications, 1949.
Do our nobly intended welfare programs promote dysgenics
retrogressive evolution through the disproportionate reproduction of the
Nobel Prize winner William Shockley, quoted in Allen Chase, The
Legacy of Malthus: The Social Costs of the New Scientific Racism.
Chicago: University of Illinois Press, page 482.
The measures which have been proposed for reducing the
fertility of sub-normal persons include regulation of births,
sterilization, better adjustment of mental defectives within the
community, legal prohibition of marriage, termination of pregnancy and
health examinations before marriage ... Thus eugenicists aim at
replacing the present generation by children who are deliberately
conceived in the full light of all known medical, social, and genetic
factors. They favor the planned as against the unplanned family, and
they want to see the community so organized that its best citizens will
feel eager to give full expression to the instincts of parenthood.
The Eugenics Society. "Aims and Objects of the Eugenics
Society," 1938. Described in Nancy B. Spannaus, Molly Hammett
Kronberg, and Linda Everett (Editors). How to Stop the Resurgence of
Nazi Euthanasia Today. Transcripts of the International Club of Life
Conference, Munich, West Germany, June 11-12, 1988. Executive
Intelligence Review Special Report, September 1988. EIR, Post Office
Box 17390, Washington, D.C. 20041-0390.
[Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal
sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and
indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the
reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing
and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the
future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing
degree dominant ... We are paying for, and even submitting to, the
dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human
beings who never should have been born at all ... Our failure to
segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying ... demonstrates our
foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. The Pivot of
Civilization. Pages 123, 189, 221.
There is only one reply to a request for a higher birthrate
among the intelligent, and that is to ask the government to first take
the burden of the insane and feeble-minded from your back. [Mandatory]
sterilization for these is the answer ... Give dysgenic groups [people
with 'bad genes'] in our population their choice of segregation or
Margaret Sanger, October 1926 and April 1932 issues of the Birth
I can't imagine any reasonably responsible person arguing
against the abortion of mongols ... If we could tell what fetuses are
going to be affected with cancer in their 40s and 50s, I would be for
aborting them now.
Cecil B. Jacobson, Chief, Reproductive Genetics Unit, George
Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C. Psychology Today,
September 1975, page 22.
People who carry genetic disease should be prevented from
having children. We ought, in conscience, to have a humane minimum
standard of reproduction, not blindly accepting the outcome of every
conception. And we ought to act on our genetic information to prevent
the birth of children below that minimum.
Joseph Fletcher, during his address of the second national Symposium
on Genetics and Law, held in May of 1979 in Boston and sponsored by the
March of Dimes.
"Genome:" The Final Frontier?
The most efficient (and
aesthetic) manner in which eugenicists could "cull" unwanted
human beings from the population is through the testing of fertilized
human eggs and the elimination of all but the very best.
At this point in time, the best negative eugenics practice consists
of subjecting the preborn baby to CVS (chorionic villi sampling),
amniocentesis, or some other genetic test past 15 weeks, and aborting
those who are considered unfit. This is a messy, emotional and expensive
project that could be vastly streamlined from the viewpoint of the
The Genome Project is a multibillion dollar effort funded primarily
by the Federal government. Its objective is to identify and 'map' all of
the more than 10,000 human genes.
This huge undertaking is already bearing fruit that eugenicists see
as beautiful. But we may find out that the fruit is deadly poisonous to
Jerry E. Bishop and Michael Waldholz give us a progress report on the
Genome Project and comment on some of the possible uses of its findings
The list of common diseases that have roots in this kind of
genetic soil is growing almost daily. As of this writing [in 1990], it
includes colon and breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, multiple
sclerosis, diabetes, schizophrenia, depression, at least one form of
alcoholism, and even some types of criminal behavior ... [S]ome contend
that almost every disorder compromising a full and healthy four score
and ten years of life can be traced in one way or another to a genetic
It is highly likely that within a decade tests for a variety of
aberrant genes will be cheap and easy enough to permit testing of large
numbers of people. Initially, only those persons who are at risk of
inheriting a defective gene might be tested. For example, anyone who had
a parent die prematurely of a heart attack might be tested indeed, might
want to be tested to see if he or she had inherited one of the several
defective genes that can render one susceptible to coronary heart
As the list of known defective genes grows, there will be
mounting pressure for mass screening of the population, at least of the
newborn population, to pinpoint anyone predisposed to future illnesses.
There is ample precedent for such mass genetic screening of newborn
Of course, society might decide to use such tests in other
ways. There are circumstances where the interests of society in knowing
an individual's genetic susceptibility would be paramount. It would seem
too risky for an airline to permit a person with a genetic tendency for
alcoholism, or for a premature heart attack, for that matter, to take
command of a wide-body jet with its 350 passengers or for a trucking
company to permit such a person to roam the highways in a fifty-ton
truck. A corporate board of directors might be considered irresponsible
to stockholders should it elect a president and a chief executive who
might be genetically predisposed to manic-depression or Alzheimer's
disease. A police force could hardly wish hiring and arming a young man
or woman who was genetically predisposed to schizophrenia. Almost
certainly voters, or at least the press, will demand to know the genetic
profile of presidential candidates, while opposition senators may well
inquire into the genetic predispositions of presidential nominees to the
cabinet and the Supreme Court.
Right now our society runs on the premise that everyone has a
biologically equal chance to be anything he or she wants. But what will
happen when, in fact, the scientists find strong evidence that
everyone's fate is greatly affected by the inheritance of a group of
very specific and identifiable genes?
Indeed, by late 1989, a handful of social ethicists were
beginning to discuss among themselves their fear that the gene
discoveries would lead to the creation of a new social stratum called
the biological underclass. People identified as having certain genetic
weaknesses, they argued, might be discriminated against by employers,
they might have difficulty getting health and life insurance.
Businesses, for instance, might be less willing to hire people
predisposed to illnesses that could drive up the employer's health
insurance costs. Employers might want to begin screening prospective
workers to detect their genetic susceptibilities. The ethicists
sprinkled their talk with such new dark-sounding terms as 'genetic
discrimination,' 'genetically unemployable,' and 'genetic
Bishop and Waldholz then turn their attention from the implications
of the Genome Project for the born to those that will inevitably one day
heavily impact the preborn;
Indeed, among geneticists involved in Huntington's disease,
there is a quiet, but intense debate over the ethics of aborting any
fetus whose disease won't erupt until later in life. Perhaps by then
there will be a cure, or at least treatments to mute the disease's
symptoms, some say. Others argue, however, that abortion for even the
slightest of risks is justified.
'I've had several conversations with people who say, 'Well,
with prenatal tests we can wipe out the gene in a generation or two
merely by not allowing any fetus at risk to be born,' says Hayden.
'Preimplantation diagnosis of genetic disease provides an
alternative to the therapeutic abortion offered to couples at risk of
producing children with severe inherited disorders,' Holding and Monk
asserted. 'Preimplantation diagnosis could allow identification of
normal and mutant embryos and the replacement in the mother of only
those embryos shown to be free of the defect.'
The experiment introduces an entirely new dimension into the
concept of prenatal genetic diagnosis, that of making a genetic
diagnosis before pregnancy, thereby circumventing the question of
Such 'preimplantation diagnosis' holds staggering implications
for the use of the gene discoveries that are destined to come out of the
mapping of the human genome. As prenatal genetic diagnosis becomes
simpler and easier, the temptation will arise to use it for less severe
genetic aberrations. It appears highly likely that young couples,
possibly those in the next generation, will be able to make choices
about the genetic traits of their children that would astonish today's
generation. As the genetic secrets of stature are uncovered, for
example, couples would be able, if they desired, to select the height of
their children within certain limits. As the gene mapping proceeds,
other traits affecting intelligence, athletic or musical ability, even
personality could become matters of parental choice.
The implications of this project are vividly clear. It will be
theoretically impossible to wipe out a defective gene unless coercion
is employed on a massive scale because, without the use of force,
there will always be those parents who value human life as a gift from
God. If such people are allowed to "spawn defective children,"
defective genes will never be eradicated.
Bishop and Waldholz go on to describe how, in the future, only the
rich will be able to select their offsprings' traits by an extensive
program of genetic testing. Thus, the rich would progressively become
more and more advantaged over the poor in areas such as intelligence,
beauty, and physical prowess. And, of course, since only the rich could
afford "genetic choice," taxpayers would be forced to fund it
for the poor just as with abortion.
Pro-abortionists, of course, support the Genome Project because, as
they like to say, "genetic engineering will greatly reduce the need
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the Abolitionists Relative to the Subject of Emancipation, are
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those Clergymen Engaged in the Dissemination of these Principles Should
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Summer 1989, page 91.
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by Michael Hayden of Vancouver, British Columbia, and by Cathy Holding
and Marilyn Monk of the Medical Research Council's Mammalian Development
Unit at University College, London.
Further Reading: Eugenics.
Bruce L. Anderson. The Price of a Perfect Baby: What Christians
Should Know About the Genetic Revolution, Test-Tube Babies, Surrogate
Motherhood, and Selective Genetics.
Originally entitled Let Us
Make Man. Bethany House Publishers, 6820 Auto Club Road,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55438. 1984, 181 pages. This book deals with the
Christian attitude toward the reproductive revolution, and discusses new
questions: Should man create and destroy life in the laboratory? Does
surrogate motherhood constitute a violation of God's laws? What impacts
do these new technologies have on the family? Is the practice of making
babies without pregnancy acceptable?
Birth Control Review.
DeCapo Press, a division of Plenum Press,
227 West 17th Street, New York, New York 10011. Telephone numbers:
1-(800) 321-0050, (212) 620-8000, and (212) 620-8495. Yes, it still
exists, although Planned Parenthood fervently wishes it didn't; DeCapo
Press still publishes the complete set of Margaret Sanger's Birth
Control Review. This is the ultimate resource for settling arguments
about what Sanger did and did not say and do. Volumes 1 and 2: 1917 and
1918. Volume 3: 1919. Volumes 4 and 5: 1920 and 1921. Volumes 6 and 7:
1922 and 1923. Volumes 8 and 9: 1924 and 1925. Volumes 10 and 11: 1926
and 1927. Volumes 12 and 13: 1928 and 1929. Volumes 14 and 15: 1930 and
1931. Volumes 16 and 17: 1932 to September of 1933. Volumes 16 through
24: October 1933 to January 1940.
Robert Bluford and Robert E. Petres. Unwanted Pregnancy.
York: Harper and Row, 1973. A frightening book that advocates the
elimination of the unwanted and undesirable, precisely as Binding and
Hoche did more than a half-century ago as they laid the foundation for
the Nazi mentality and resulting Holocaust.
James Burnham. Suicide of the West.
Regnery Books. Order from
the Conservative Book Club, 15 Oakland Avenue, Harrison, New York 10528.
This book dissects Neoliberalism to its rotten core. It examines the
curious Neoliberal combination of guilt, arrogance, selective
indignation and compassion, double-standards, fuzzy logic, good
intentions, and self-righteousness. The book examines why Neoliberals
can never rule, why Neoliberalism is the ideology of suicide, why it
clashes with Christianity, why Neoliberals sneer at patriotism and other
'traditional' values, and why Neoliberals are driven to make war on
G.K. Chesterton. What's Wrong With the World: The Superstition of
Divorce, Eugenics, and Other Evils, and Other Essays.
hardcover, softcover. Order from Ignatius Press, 15 Oakland Avenue,
Harrison, New York 10528. Although a century old, these economic and
sociologic writings by one of the most prolific and respected Christian
writers of all time show conclusively that the anti-life philosophy has
been with us for many years. Chesterton shows that lax moral standards
will lead to eugenics, divorce, artificial contraception, abortion, and
ultimately the dehumanization of man, the loss of respect for human
life, and the destruction of the family. A 'must read' for Christian
Colleen D. Clements. Medical Genetics Casebook: A Clinical
Introduction to Medical Ethics Systems Theory.
Crescent Manor, Post Office Box 2148, Clifton, New Jersey 07015. 1982,
233 pages. The author examines 130 actual case studies from a medical
genetics program and attempts to apply systems theory to come up with a
general decisionmaking process that allow hospital and other
bioethicists to make decisions in difficult cases. The cases cover the
gamut, including selective abortions and amniocentesis.
Donald DeMarco, Ph.D. In My Mother's Womb: The Church's Defense of
Hardcover, paperback. Order from: Life Issues
Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia 24174, telephone: (703) 586-4898.
An eloquent defense of the Catholic Church's defense of human life. An
examination of abortion's languages and perspective, the unborn,
contraception and bio-engineering. Also covered are the Church's
perspective on new technologies, including in-vitro
fertilization, surrogate motherhood, fetal experimentation, and genetic
engineering. See especially Chapter 1, "Abortion and Church
Teaching," pages 7 to 25, "Abortion and Bio-Engineering,"
pages 82 to 88, and "In Vitro Fertilization," pages 143
Greenhaven Press. Biomedical Ethics: Opposing Viewpoints.
Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series, Post Office Box 289009, San
Diego, California 92128-9009. 1987, 216 pages. Each section includes
several essays by leading authorities on both sides of each issue. The
questions asked are: "Is Genetic Engineering Ethical?;"
"Are Organ Transplants Ethical?;" "Should Limits Be
Placed On Reproductive Technology?;" "Should Animals Be Used
in Scientific Research?;" and "What Ethical Standards Should
Guide the Health Care System?" Authors include Tibor R. Macan,
Malcolm Muggeridge, and the Ethics Committee of the American Fertility
Society. A catalog is available from the above address and can be
obtained by calling 1-(800) 231-5163.
Greenhaven Press. Science and Technology: Opposing Viewpoints.
Volume I. Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series, Post Office Box
289009, San Diego, California 92128-9009. 1989, 440 pages. Each section
includes several essays by leading authorities on both sides of each
issue: Creationism in the schools, current artificial birth
technologies, genetic engineering, organ transplants, animal
experimentation, and the Strategic Defense Initiative are just a few of
the topics whose main pro- and con arguments are thoroughly covered in
this excellent 440-page volume. This topic is covered by a series of
books, beginning with a basic set of essays entitled Sources and
continuing with an additional and updated annual series of essays. A
catalog is available from the above address and can be obtained by
calling 1-(800) 231-5163.
Germaine Greer. Sex & Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility.
Harper & Row Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York
10022. 1984, 550 pages. Greer faced head-on the most deep and avoided
questions relevant to Western society and fertility: Is our obsession
with world overpopulation causing us to reject our own fertility? Why do
we reject the few children we have so that they will inevitably reject
us in our old age? Greer examines chastity, attitudes towards fertility,
sterility, and childbirth; abortion and euthanasia; and the histories of
the birth-control and eugenics movements.
Garrett Hardin. "Abortion for the Children's Sake."
and the Unwanted Child (C. Reiterman, editor). New York: Springer,
1971. Population controller Garrett Hardin has toned down his virulent
pro-abortion rhetoric since the early 1970s, but this book captures him
at his raving best (worst?). The title alone gives some idea of how out
of touch with moral reality he really is.
Beverly Wildung Harrison. Our Right to Choose: Toward a New Ethic
Beacon Press, 1983. 334 pages. Reviewed by Mary Meehan
on pages 5 and 9 of the November 24, 1983 issue of National Right to
Life News. The author, a self-styled "Christian woman,"
shows us just how far self-deception can be carried as she advocates
third-trimester abortions and other atrocities. There is nothing
"new" about this 'ethic;' pro-life activists recognize it as
the eternal black cloud of death and self-centeredness that has
surrounded the anti-life philosophy and those enslaved by it since the
beginning of time. This book is good for reading if one is interested in
how the anti-life rationalization works.
D. Gareth Jones. Brave New People: Ethical Issues at the
Commencement of Life.
Eerdmans Publishing Company, 255 Jefferson
Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, telephone: (616) 459-4591.
1985, 225 pages. This book was so 'controversial' (which means that
Leftist censors didn't like it), that it was withdrawn from the market
after its original release in 1984. The author addresses complicated
issues that apply to the beginning of human life: In-vitro
fertilization, artificial insemination, cloning, and genetic tinkering.
Carol Levine (Editor). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on
Controversial Bio-Ethical Issues.
Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc.,
Guilford, Connecticut. 1984, 297 pages. Leading thinkers on both sides
of bioethical issues express their opinions in scholarly essays on
subjects including abortion, in-vitro fertilization, surrogate
motherhood, involuntary sterilization of the retarded, informed consent,
active euthanasia, withholding treatment from handicapped newborns,
suicide, the insanity defense, animal experimentation, prisoners
volunteering for research, justifiable deception in research, organ
harvesting from the dead, and genetic engineering. A good primer on the
Robert Jay Lifton. The Nazi Doctors.
Basic Books, 1986. 561
pages. Reviewed by Eugene F. Diamond, M.D., on pages 5 and 15 of the
August 13, 1987 issue of National Right to Life News. This
excellent book describes in great detail how the original Holocaust was
begun by the medical profession. It also warns about how such an event
could happen in our country. The book provides invaluable and detailed
information on the psychology and history of the Nazi biomedical
Holocaust. Special treatment is given to the sterilization programs, the
role of the doctors, and a detailed description of the Holocaust
operating at the Auschwitz death camp.
Robert G. Marshall and Charles Donovan. Blessed Are the Barren:
The Social Policy of Planning Parenthood.
Ignatius Press, San
Francisco. Reviewed by Mary Meehan on page 5 of the November 29, 1992 National
Catholic Register. This volume provides lots of detail on the
Planned Parenthood connections with racist eugenics, the effort to
capture the Black leadership, and its ability to tap into hundreds of
millions of dollars of tax and private money.
Father Vincent P. Miceli. The Roots of Violence.
Order from Our Lady's Book Service, Nazareth Homestead, R.D. 1, Box 258,
Constable, New York 12926, telephone: 1-800-263-8160. This book explains
the roots of the violence that is flooding our society today. It
examines in detail our general apostasy from the word of God, and our
society's resulting allegiance to the corrupt morals and secular values
of the world.
Pope St. Pius X. Encyclical Letters "On the Doctrines of the
Modernists (Pascendi Dominici Gregis)" and "Syllabus
Condemning the Errors of the Modernists (Lamentabili Sane)."
July 3, 1907. Compact 4-1/2" X 7", 77 page booklet for 50
cents from the Daughters of St. Paul, 50 St. Paul's Avenue, Jamaica
Plain, Boston Massachusetts 02130, telephone: (617) 522-8911. This
booklet, although the better part of a century old, describes the
current situation in the world perfectly. In general terms, it details
how a turning away from the precepts of the Christian Church, and the
rejection of Jesus as Lord and Savior, has led us to the current
deplorable situation in the world.
Professor Charles E. Rice. Beyond Abortion: The Theory and
Practice of the Secular State.
Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press,
1979. 159 pages. Order from Keep the Faith, 810 Belmont Avenue, Post
Office Box 8261, North Haledon, New Jersey 07508, telephone: (201)
423-5395. Reviewed by Donna Steichen in the Spring 1980 issue of the International
Review of Natural Family Planning, pages 72 to 74. An examination of
the underpinnings and workings of this secular state and how they
inevitably lead to loss of faith, abortion, and euthanasia. A very good
examination of the anti-life philosophies and how they originate and
self-perpetuate in a society that turns away from God. Professor Rice
shows us that there can be no real turning away from anti-life practices
like abortion, infanticide, and other euthanasia, unless we acknowledge
God as our master.
Margaret Sanger. Woman and the New Race.
Reprinted in 1969 by
permission of the Sanger Estate by the Maxwell Reprint Company, Fairview
Park, Elmsford, New York 10523. Any pro-life activist who wants to
become familiar with the real attitudes and philosophy of the
anti-life movement and Neofeminism in general should read this book. It
is an utterly fascinating treatise by one of the original Neofeminists.
Lothrop Stoddard, Ph.D. The Rising Tide of Color Against White
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1921. Reprinted
in 1971 by Negro Universities Press, Westport, Connecticut. A classic
racist book that clearly and vividly demonstrates the kind of thinking
that led to eugenics, the current-day racist abortion program in the
United States, and the Nazi mentality.
United States Government. Mapping Our Genes, The Genome Projects:
How Big, How Fast?
Focuses on how to assess the rationales for
conducting human genome projects, how to fund them, how to coordinate
scientific and technical programs, and international impacts and
repercussions. Serial Number 052-003-01106-9, 1988, 224 pages. Order by
mail from Superintendent of Documents, United States Government Printing
Office, Washington, DC 20402, or by telephone from (202) 783-3238.
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