N.W.BOYER…Christian Author… Looking for the Coming of Christ

Understanding Eugenics

In July, 2022, the House of Representatives of the United States Government passed two bills that will have to go to the Senate for a vote.

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“Last week, the House voted on two extreme bills that are a direct assault on our most fundamental right – the right to life. H.R. 8296 and H.R. 8297 are bills that seek to abolish existing state laws preventing late-term abortions and create a national standard permitting late-term abortions without health standards and accountability that protects women. These bills also promote the abhorrent practice of eugenics by allowing an unborn child to be killed because they possess an undesirable sex, race, or disability. ..”

Daniel Webster, U.S. Representative to the House of Representatives

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These two bills would possibly, if passed by the Senate, open the door to the practice of Eugenics in this modern day. ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THIS TERM…EUGENICS? Do our young people, who will be our future leaders aware of Eugenics and what it means to our society and of its history?

Boyer Writes is posting this informational blog because we, as a nation, have been crying out for racial harmony and understanding between peoples. It is critical that we fully understand this term, EUGENICS. The protection of the vulnerable, mentally ill and disabled, as well as the unborn is crucial. Understanding of history, such as Nazi Germany using eugenics as a reason to erase humanity during the Holocaust, is of extreme importance.

Could it happen again in the 21st century…starting with the unborn. Perhaps, IF we are not careful to recognize trends and policies that lead in this direction. History should not repeat itself when human life is at stake. We are not discussing here if rape or incest is considered with an abortion, but the right for human life to be spared and preserved whenever possible. Eugenics goes far beyond this.

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This is the definition given by NIH NATIONAL HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH INSTITUTION:

“Eugenics is the scientifically erroneous and immoral theory of “racial improvement” and “planned breeding,” which gained popularity during the early 20th century. Eugenicists worldwide believed that they could perfect human beings and eliminate so-called social ills through genetics and heredity. They believed the use of methods such as involuntary sterilization, segregation and social exclusion would rid society of individuals deemed by them to be unfit.

Scientific racism is an ideology that appropriates the methods and legitimacy of science to argue for the superiority of white Europeans and the inferiority of non-white people whose social and economic status have been historically marginalized. Like eugenics, scientific racism grew out of:

  • the misappropriation of revolutionary advances in medicine, anatomy and statistics during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through the mechanism of natural selection.
  • Gregor Mendel’s laws of inheritance.

Eugenic theories and scientific racism drew support from contemporary xenophobia, antisemitism, sexism, colonialism and imperialism, as well as justifications of slavery, particularly in the United States.

Do eugenics and scientific racism still exist?

Yes. While eugenics movements especially flourished during the three decades before the end of World War II, eugenics practices such as involuntary sterilization, forced institutionalization, social ostracization and stigma were common in many states until at least the 1970s and, in some instances, have continued into the present in various forms.

With the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) and, more recently, advances in genomic screening technologies, there is some concern about whether generating an increasing amount of genomic information in the prenatal setting would lead to new societal pressures to terminate pregnancies where the fetus is at heightened risk for genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome and spina bifida.

The emergence of statistical techniques, such as polygenic risk scores, that can estimate risks for more genetically complex disorders have raised concerns among ethicists that their use in the context of in vitro fertilization and preimplantation genetic diagnoses. The possible genomic-based screening of embryos for behavioral, psychosocial and/or intellectual traits would be reminiscent of the history of eugenics in its attempt to eliminate certain individuals.

Some geneticists view both genomic screening and genetic counseling as an extension of eugenics.

How did eugenics begin?

Francis Galton, an English statistician, demographer and ethnologist (and cousin of Charles Darwin), coined the term “eugenics” in 1883.

Galton defined eugenics as “the study of agencies under social control that may improve or impair the racial qualities of future generations either physically or mentally.” Galton claimed that health and disease, as well as social and intellectual characteristics, were based upon heredity and the concept of race. During the 1870s and 1880s, discussions of “human improvement” and the ideology of scientific racism became increasingly common. So-called experts determined individuals and groups of people to be either superior or inferior. They believed biological and behavioral characteristics were fixed and unchangeable, and placed individuals, populations and nations inside of that hierarchy.

Galton

By the 1920s, eugenics had become a global movement. There was popular, elite and governmental support for eugenics in Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Canada and other countries. Statisticians, economists, anthropologists, sociologists, social reformers, geneticists, public health officials and members of the general public supported eugenics through a variety of academic and popular literature.

NAZI GERMANY AND THE HOLOCAUST

The most well-known application of eugenics occurred in Nazi Germany in the lead up to World War II and the Holocaust. The Nazi German racial state between 1933 and 1945 used its resources to “cleanse” the German people and the Nazi state of those they deemed “unworthy of life.” Nazis in Germany, Austria and other occupied territories euthanized at least 70,000 adults and 5,200 children. They implemented a campaign of forced sterilization that claimed at least 400,000 victims. This culminated in the near destruction of the Jewish people, as well as an effort to eliminate other marginalized ethnic minorities, such as the Sinti and Roma, individuals with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people.

Pictures of Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem

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Surprisingly, and SADLY, there are many prominent people, besides Hitler, who jumped on the band-wagon of control over the populations. Here are a few. We, as a modern society must be careful...very careful about supporting certain movements that deny the right to live for anyone:

(The following is from ATI 21 Historical Figures You Didn’t Know Supported The Eugenics Movement By Kara Goldfarb | Checked By John Kuroski July, 2018)

  • Winston Churchill advocated for compulsory labor camps for mental defectives in 1911.
  • Helen Keller “Our puny sentimentalism has caused us to forget that a human life is sacred only when it may be of some use to itself and to the world.”
  • Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, published a paper in which he bluntly listed the steps that would prevent the proliferation of the deaf: “(1) Determine the causes that promote intermarriages among the deaf and dumb; and (2) remove them.”
  • President Theodore Roosevelt He was a proponent of the sterilization of criminals and the supposedly feeble-minded. In 1913, Roosevelt wrote a letter to eugenics supporter and biologist C.B. Davenport, saying that “society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind.”
  • French explorer Jacques Cousteau was in favor of population control “World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn’t even say it. But the general situation in which we are involved is lamentable.”

Men and Women of the world will stand before God with what they have done to those created in the image of God...in the past, present and future.

GENESIS 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God He created them;
    male and female, He created them.

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