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The E Word

May 15, 2009
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What happened to “eugenics?” I mean the word. The practice is clearly alive and well. But the word is gone.
In the beginning of the last century, eugenics was all the rage throughout Western civilization until Hitler came around and ruined all the fun by giving eugenics a bad name.
In “Mein Kampf,” Hitler wrote: “People who are physically and mentally unhealthy or unworthy must not perpetuate the suffering on their children.” (See, even Hitler understood that to really create some massive evil you have to say you’re doing it for the children.)
In the 1950’s, Fredrick Osborn, the president of the American Eugenics Society, advocated a shift away from the more explicit negative eugenics that had been discredited by the Nazi’s uncommonly skillful implementation of eugenic theory. In a 1956 speech, “Galton and Mid-Century Eugenics,” delivered to the Galton Society, Osborn stated:
“Every Child a Wanted Child”
Planned Parenthood uses the phrase.

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