The U.S. Eugenics Movement: What We Can Learn

eugenicsmainEvery January we rightly turn our attention to Roe v. Wade -- the poorly argued Supreme Court decision that was driven by ideology rather than by actual case law.

It was not the first unjustly decided case that impacted tens of thousands of vulnerable lives.

In the early decades of the 20th century in the United States, there were deeply held prejudices against the three types of people: the poor, those with disabilities of all kinds, and people of color. These prejudices, along with their social and scientific acceptability, made up the fabric of what became known as the eugenics movement.

The argument went something like this: if only we could prevent the births of "feeble-minded" people, we could have perpetual prosperity in a society governed by morally upright people.

Prominent people in law, government, media, business and the "church" supported such efforts. State laws were enacted across the country to forcibly sterilize anyone considered unfit.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]