The Conference in Windsor on October 18th and 19th hosted several speakers. One of the presenters is Mark Mostert, Ph.D. who spoke to the topic of Eugenics. Eugenics is euphemistically called “good genes” which promotes the idea of “human worth”. Who is worthy of life? Some people would like to abort babies who would be Down Syndrome. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Imagine a world in which our society promotes the idea of perfection…shades of A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. After all, there are test tube babies since 1978’s “miracle” of Louise Brown.
Eugenics is a phrase coined by Charles Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton. Did you know that eugenics was practiced in Canada? There is a book entitled Our Own Master Race: Eugenics in Canada 1885-1945 written by Angus McLaren. There was forced sterilization of those who were considered “mentally retarded” until the 1970s in Canada.
The Nazis killed babies and children who were “useless eaters”. In 2013 there is the practice of pre-natal testing. Parents can decide if their baby is “worth living”. If you are interested in learning more about eugenics, Google Mark Mostert, eugenics or perhaps read the news headlines. Some related links are: