Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The New Eugenics

Alex Schadenberg:

Most people agree that we should never return to that dark time in human history. Yet, today we have the new promotion of eugenics, except that it is now wrapped in a new package.

An article from the BBC News explains how a fertility clinic is now charging a special fee to select the traits that parents prefer for their children.


The concept of Eugenics is like a pandora's box. Everyone dreams of the perfect child and scientists seem to be striving to eliminate the imperfect human genes. But what will this mean for people born with disabilities or other imperfections? Will these people be viewed as less than human? Will we decide to euthanize people with disabilities to save them from their "suffering?"