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ABORTION, EUGENICS, AND A THREAT TO DIVERSITY



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ABORTION EUGENICS AND A THREAT TO DIVERSITY By Chris McChesney A fter nearly three months of pregnancy Mary sits in her in which parents have the option to abort a fetus solely for the doctor s office anxiously awaiting to hear the results reason that the child would more likely than not be homosexual Though still in her first trimester Mary s doctor ex Finally this article will argue that while it may be a form of plained to her that it is becoming more common and even more eugenics and threat to diversity to abort a fetus based on Down accurate to have certain screening tests done early 1 Today syndrome or the hypothetical detection of homosexuality the Mary will learn if the child growing inside of her will be born woman s right to choose must not be infringed upon whatever with Down syndrome an abnormality in the 21st chromosome the reason for her choice that usually leads to mental retardation 2 If the test results show AMERICA S EUGENICS PAST that her child will have Down syndrome Mary will be forced to make a host of difficult decisions the hardest being whether or The eugenics movement was most prominent in the United not to carry the fetus to term The majority of parents to be in States from the early twentieth century through World War II 7 Mary s position whose fetus tests positive for Down syndrome Eugenics first developed by Francis Galton stemmed from early choose to have an abortion rather than bringing the fetus to term knowledge of genetics and a desire among intellectuals to imand raising the child or allowing the child to be adopted 3 Many prove society 8 Society s ills were blamed on groups of people doctors counsel their patients in such circumstances to undergo who had traits that scientists believed to be inherited including abortions and doctors who treat patients with Down syndrome disabilities drug or alcohol addiction homelessness and report seeing fewer and fewer patients 4 While not government feeble mindedness 9 Backed by scientists



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