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Eugenics Rears Its Ugly Head, and Down the Slippery Slope We Slide

Posted by MDViews on January 10, 2009

The slippery slope has been greased and we are sliding down it, picking up speed!

In the UK, a couple has a new baby girl without the high risk gene mutation for breast and ovarian cancer, cancers that have afflicted females in her father’s family for 3 generations.

The parents were pleased they didn’t “inflict” this gene on their daughter.

And it was easy. After fertilizing bunches of eggs in a dish, letting them grow to the blastocyst stage, removing one cell, testing it for the gene mutation, finding the perfent one, implanting it and letting it grow, they have a brand-spanking-new baby girl, practically perfect in every way.

And her brothers and sisters who didn’t pass muster? Well, let’s just say their three days of life were rudely interrupted. But, there was no blood, no guts, no annoying trips to the abortion clinic. The doctor probably just rinsed them down the sink. Easy.

What would one have to believe to be an ethical petri dish “rinser-outer”? What would define the ethics of such a person?

One would have to believe that life, in and of itself, is absurd. That God is absent or irrelevent and that there is no judgment, that we are all we have and that existential relativism defines life. That life has no value except the value placed on it by whoever has the money or power to use it or control it. One would have to believe in the value of genetically improving the human race.

Now, the “parents” of this designer child placed a value on her, so here she is. But no value on her siblings, so here they are not. And her doctor placed a value on a genetically superior child. (The money and fame probably didn’t hurt, either.)

Breast cancer is expensive. Chemo, radiation, lost work, lost productivity, end of life care, hospice, ICU time all cost money. Maybe the government, in order to save money, would strongly recommend such prenatal genetic diagnosis (PGD) for other families with such a cancer history. Maybe the government could require PGD for those with such a renegade gene. Maybe, the government could keep a record, a gene record, on everyone, so that those with known genetic “defects” could be properly counseled before conceiving so appropriate testing could be done. Maybe, the government could require such counseling and PGD for those carrying less-than-desirable genes. For those who conceive without PGD, maybe the government could require prenatal diagnosis and abortion if the baby was found to be carrying one of these less-than-desirable genes. Lord knows we wouldn’t want to “inflict” some poor soul with a less than perfect genetic make-up. And, while we were at it, maybe we could just sterilize those less-than-perfect to “spare” us the mess of those less-than-perfect. Maybe, we could help those who are less-than-perfect, help them by quietly ushering them painlessly out of this world into the next. It would be the kind thing, you know. Oh, what a wonderful world it would be! No people with disabilities clogging up the system, no cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, spina bifida, none of the up to 6,000 known adverse gene mutations! Why, just think. When they come up with the gene for those with a IQ less than say 90, only “smart” people could be allowed to be born! And, you know, if your party were in power, your party could decide what “inferior” meant. Why, it could include races, or religions, height or weight. The sky is the limit!

That chuckle you hear is the spirit of Margaret Sanger, Adolf Hitler and all the other eugenicists from ages past quietly laughing as their ideas resurface, the ideas of the perfect race and elimination of the less-than-perfect. Less-than-perfect, of course, defined by those with the money and the power. With PGD and prenatal diagnosis clinics, the techniques are not the same as Hitler (yet), but the concept is the same. Get rid of the undesireables, build the super-race.

Eugenics starts small, but it ends with the train cars full of Jews, the death chambers and the ovens.

That is why we must defend life, human life, from conception to natural death, as God intended.

3 Responses to “Eugenics Rears Its Ugly Head, and Down the Slippery Slope We Slide”

  1. MDViews said

    Thank you for your comment. This is a frighten development which I am sure has eugenicists world-wide are licking their chops over the prospect of eliminating the less-than-perfect by whatever means possible.

  2. CMinor said

    Yeesh. If I can find the time to post this weekend, I may link to this.
    The era of Frankenstein really has arrived.

  3. I wrote about this on my blog too recently. Genetics end fears of breast cancer
    IVF Australia has announced it will start the genetic testing for the breast cancer gene BRACA 1 next year.

    In the article I read it said that they used “genetic testing to free their children from the disease..” But no one is set free from the disease, those who have the genetic disposition towards breast cancer are destroyed before they even have a chance to get the disease. The embryos who don’t have the rogue gene are not set free from the disease either, they never had the gene in the first place.

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