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Did you know that up until the lat 60's the US had a eugenics program?

People who were considered MR were sterilized. They even began sterilizing the homeless or those with mental illness. The Nazi's got their idea for a eugenics program from us, but they took it a step further.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:14 PM on Mar. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes, I've read a bit about it. That's one of the reasons I don't understand why some look back so fondly on the "good ole days". They were only good if you were white, Christian and male. Everyone else had plenty to complain about. Female circumcision was done to help with pms, mood swings and menopause up until the 1960's.


    Answer by Friday at 2:20 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • yes i have heard of it.... i think on one hand it is insane to do because someone is MR... on the other hand i think that abortion needs a clause about this.. like after lets say 10 abortions you have to get a tubal... female circ has nothing to do with sterilization, it is just cruelty to women in parts of the globe where women have no rights... it doesn't stop pregnancy! that is not what this is about.. back in the 60's if you were institutionalized for mental issues you basically had no human rights... very sad but things are better now, i think?....


    Answer by AmaliaD at 2:25 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Yep and there are those in the Demorcratic party who would like to bring it back. Planned parent was founded by a person who believe in eugenics. She believed those who were unfit should be steralized too by force if necessary. Funny Planned Parenthood touts it is a woman body and choice yet were founded by someone who felt she should have say in who did what.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:31 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • I didn't know this post was taken over by Margaret Sanger but here you go

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Progressivism has a terrifying history. Eugenics is just one piece of it, and the original definition of being MR included being black, or a European immigrant who did not speak English as their first language, or an unwed rape victim (look up a woman named Carrie Buck). There were many atrocities committed in the name of "mental hygiene" over the years, spearheaded by the Democrats under the likes of those like Woodrow Wilson.


    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:56 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Thank you, ladies, for bringing up various current continuations of the eugenics attitude. Fundamentally it is an attitude that gives itself the license to decide who lives and who dies. Give it the power to put these decisions into action, and we've got an atrocity waiting to happen.

    We can dismiss it all we like, but we can't avoid the reality that abortions were legalized only for extreme problems like rape or endangering the mother's life, and only BEFORE a child could survive outside his/her mother. These restrictions to killing a child have largely been cast aside, and even partial birth abortion is actually considered a right of mothers.

    At the other end is increasing acceptance of dying on purpose.
    Put these two together with gov't control through "Universal Health Care", and suddenly it becomes VERY important who heads the Health Dept. Hence the concern about radically pro-abortion Sebelius.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:47 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Universal Health Care-where the government decides.

    Sometimes discarded ideas should stay discarded.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:13 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

  • Margaret Sangor, who is known ironically as "the Mother of planned parenthood", LOL, can be quoted as verbalizing her dislike for blacks, poor and foreigners. She was a terrible mother who spent most of her days and nites and( quite a bit of time in jail) campaigning and writing pamphlets to encourage our country to help there be less blacks, poor and foreigners in this country by making sure they used birth control. She was completely and proudly prejudiced.


    Answer by lifeasinoit at 8:56 PM on Mar. 4, 2009

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