Below is a partial list of significant global movements and programs. I want you to notice the common thread of population control and reproductive control that is a corner-stone of each of these:
- Environmental movement (too many people for the planet)
- Scientific movement (improving the population through science)
- Social Justice movement (women trapped in poverty by early pregnancies)
- Reproductive Freedom & Women’s movement (sex without fear – no pregnancies)
- World Health movement (fewer, healthier kids)
Many have pointed out that the contentions of these groups is essentially correct: There are too many people for our current resources to sustain, women are trapped in poverty by early pregnancies, the ability to avoid or eliminate unwanted pregnancies has freed women in society, and too many sick children does overtax the health care system.
The big question when managing population is, who decides?
In all of these movements, you hear phrases like “for the good of the whole,” or “for the collective,” or “for the betterment of society.” We must understand that “the whole,” “the collective” and “society” is nothing more than all of us as individuals.
If we, as individuals choose to not have children, then that is fine – it’s our choice. But that is not what these programs advocate. They require one person or a group to make decisions for the whole of society. This is where reproductive freedom is placed at risk. Who is that person or group? What gives them the right to decide if you can have children? Or if the children you already have, are permitted to live? Or if you are permitted to live?
They are not talking about fixing broken genes. They are talking about eliminating broken genes.
If your family has a history of a particular disease, you need to be eliminated from the gene pool. If mental illness runs in your family, too bad; for the good of whole, you cannot be permitted to reproduce.
Uneducated? Poor? Criminal history? Breed too much and jeopardize the planet with too many kids? Sorry – gone, gone, gone, and gone.
In an effort to do what is right, many of us have ceded control of our reproductive choices. To know if you are truly free to make your choices, or if you are being manipulated or coerced, stop and ask, “what would be the response or reaction if I chose the opposite”?
Imagine if instead of trying to avoid pregnancy, or get an abortion, you announced that you didn’t want an abortion – you wanted to have a baby. Would the people around you who tell you how smart, liberated, and courageous you are? Would they still support you? Would the available resources suddenly dry up? Would government or private agency officials tell you that the choice is not really yours to make?
As we review the mission of eugenics, we are again reminded that the purpose is to encourage the proliferation of good genes, while eliminating the undesirable ones. It is about reigning in the population and controlling reproduction. It is about “thinning the herd” by euthanizing the weak, the sick, and the elderly.
Now imagine if the eugenicists could find a noble and worth goal, where you would voluntarily submit, or unintentionally permit them to take over your reproductive rights in the name of women’s freedom, or for the planet, or for the children, or…