eugenics eugenics  /ju ˈdʒɛ nɪks/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)

Usage(s):

  1. The mass murder of "unfit" individuals and ethnic groups by the Nazis gave eugenics a black mark that can never be washed off.
  2. In Huxley's day eugenics happened only by government mandate; now it will take government mandate - a ban on genetic tinkering - to prevent it.
  3. Civil rights groups say any kind of castration, even if reversible, could take society down the road to eugenics.

News

  1. Disability Rights Activists Targeting Of DNA Medical Screening Understandable But Misguided

    A recent article in the Denver Post decrying “the rise of a new eugenics” is provocative and heartfelt but misguided. It could, if its advice is followed, result in the curtailment of genetic screens that prevent many crippling diseases, reports the Genetic Literacy Project.
    on July 10, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. Editorial: Prison sterilizations need a full review

    Because of the horrible history of eugenics in California, any hint of forced sterilizations must be taken seriously. Allegations that doctors working for state prisons coerced female inmates into having tubal ligations need a complete and independent accounting.
    on July 9, 2013     Source: The Sacramento Bee

  3. Female Inmates Sterilized In California Tied To Nazis, Eugenics, Social Darwinism

    As we see female inmates sterilized in California’s prisons some may wonder when that practice started. You might be shocked it has a long history tied back to Nazis, eugenics, and Social Darwinism. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the female inmates sterilized at Valley State Prison had the procedure pushed on them by insistent doctors. Between 2006... Read more » Female Inmates ...
    on July 8, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

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Quotes

  1. "In developed countries, there is a growing interest for the most sophisticated biotechnological research to introduce subtle and extensive eugenics methods in the obsessive search for the 'perfect child'," the Pope said.
    on Feb 24, 2007 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: EiTB

  2. "By 1960, more than 60,000 people had been sterilized against their will in the United States in the name of a scientific movement known as eugenics," John West, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, told an event at the Family Research...
    on May 1, 2007 By: John West Source: CNSNews.com

  3. As George Will noted in a column, "Eugenics by Abortion," abortion of Down syndrome children has become part of an insidious quest for a "disability-free society."
    on Sep 9, 2008 By: George Will Source: Right Side News

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