By Melinda Tankard Reist

Bold women—those who have been instructed to not have their infants because of perceived disabilities in themselves or their unborn children—tell their tales during this arguable publication that appears significantly at scientific eugenics as a latest kind of social engineering. Believing that every one existence is effective and that a few usually are not extra invaluable of it than others, those ladies have given start within the face of disapproval and hostility, defied either the creed of perfection and authorized scientific knowledge, and given the problem of abortion a complexity past the simplistic pro-life/pro-choice dichotomy. because it questions the accuracy of screening strategies, the definition of a invaluable existence, and the responsiblity for opting for the worth of a less than excellent existence, this e-book trenchantly brings to mild many concerns that for years were marginalized by means of the mainstream media and limited to incapacity activism.

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In his book On human nature, E. O. Wilson (1978, p. 208) reflected that genetic enhancement techniques might mean the following: New patterns of sociality could be installed in bits and pieces. It might be possible to imitate genetically the more 46 INTRODUCTION nearly perfect nuclear family of the white-handed gibbon or the harmonious sisterhoods of the honeybees. Gregory Stock, in Redesigning humans, believes that freedom to choose includes freedom to enhance our progeny even by inserting animal DNA into human embryos,53 inserting or removing chromosomes, inserting artificial chromosomes into a genetically engineered embryo, or altering human capacities through nanotechnology.

Their reluctance was put down to their inability to see beyond themselves. Women who regretted the operation were labelled ‘maladjusted’. ‘Where unfavourable results were observed, they were associated with neurotic personality and maladjustment in the life situation’ (Trombley, 1988, p. 43 Sanger’s slogan was ‘more children from the fit, less from the unfit – that is the chief issue in Birth Control’ (in Black, 2003, p. 131). Sanger was in favour of mass sterilisation of those deemed defective, large-scale incarceration of those judged unfit, and harsh immigration restrictions.

We are entering a world where we have to consider the quality of our children’ (in Griffiths, 1999). China is quite upfront about its eugenic aims. In 1994 it introduced the Maternal and Infant Health Care Law which uses pre-marital check-ups, marriage bans, sterilisation and abortion to ‘improve the quality of the newborn population’. Under Articles 10 and 16, there can be no legal challenge to a physician’s order for sterilisation or termination of pregnancy. The bill was originally named ‘On Eugenics and Health Protection’, and used phrases such as ‘inferior births’.

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