The Gehenna of Eugenics

In any definition for propaganda to secure and preserve a pure and noble race under ‘benevolence’, there is an inherent deceit in its language to sterilize and direct the murder of its own. This practice of weeding out the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, cites its evidence for its own validity to the Ancients. From Rome’s Laws of the Twelve Tablets. (Law III. A father shall immediately put to death a son recently born, who is a monster, or has a form different from that of members of the human race.) And from Sparta; “Offspring was not reared at the will of the father, but was taken and carried by him to a place called Lesche, where the elders of the tribes officially examined the infant, and if it was well-built and sturdy, they ordered the father to rear it, and assigned it one of the nine thousand lots of land; but if it was ill-born and deformed, they sent it to the so-called Apothetae, a chasm-like place at the foot of Mount Taygetus, in the conviction that the life of that which nature had not well equipped at the very beginning for health and strength, was of no advantage either to itself or the state.” (Such new-borns starved or froze to death or were eaten by wild animals.)

As seen, the history of such mandates are as ancient as the human race, and continuing through centuries, these decrees of murder came to a halt by the Catholic Church, her doctrine based of the sanctity of life from the very beginning to its natural end. Quite contrary to the popular secular opinion of false facts in Catholicism history and the blatant disregard of the soul’s existence. Yet with America specifically under secular religious principles, the resurgence by the 1870’s, gained the greater prominence and supported further throughout the twentieth century with advancement of ‘scientific theory’ based on the arrogant presumption of only the ‘genetically fit’ were fit enough to propagate. For those deemed unfit and unnecessary, the state by authority, dictated the procedures for sterilization and leave to die, usurping and bypassing the rights of any American citizen placed in institutions without recourse to dispute.

This horrific practice, advocated by a few physicians in the public sphere for leaving the infant exposed to die by not nurturing, if seen to be defective was welcomed as the correct[1] decision to take the process of life to death into man’s hands was given credence in the public square. The then famous case of a deformed baby boy born to the Bollinger family in 1915 in Chicago’s German American Hospital showed the import of an individual’s power over the parents. (Little difference in the decision regarding Charlie Gard and his parents now.) Dr. Harry Haiselden, who was chief of the hospital staff, convinced Mrs. Bollinger not to treat her child and to let him die. He also stated that he had done such in the proceeding decade and would continue this practice. This abhorrent statement was reported widely without recrimination. The ‘good’ doctor had the backing of several prominent figures, including Clarence Darrow and Helen Keller. Emboldened, Dr. Haiselden wrote and starred in his own movie based on baby Bollinger titled, ‘The Black Stork’.[2] After 1918 it appeared under the title, ‘Are You Fit to Marry’. The premise was based on the morality of if allowing physically or mentally defective children to live, the likely possibility of them would create a more sizable criminal element. (The beginning of the end product of the manmade religion over God.) Their bridge, so easily crossed into the wide road to Hell, was validated with other ‘eugenic’ movies of the time and sanctioned by public approval, was endorsed in quick succession by the national media, the medical professionals and when backed by science, was given carte blanche by the courts, tryanny broke loose. Helen Keller’s own words swayed the fomenting enthusiasm for sterilization of the feeble, the ‘twilight sleep’ for the elderly and Margaret Sanger’s push for abortion. “Our puny sentimentalism has caused us to forget than a human life is sacred only when it may be of some use to itself and to the world.”[3] Helen Keller’s opinion was and is the echo of many eugenicists from prior decades who sought legally mandated sterilization, asserting that heredity plays an important part in the transmission of insanity, idiocy, imbecility, epilepsy and crime. Its focus was on the reproduction of defective persons whose reproduction ‘engendered a menace to society’. This was the law passed in Virginia in 1924 based on the Eugenical Sterilization Act propounded by Henry Laughlin’s Model[4] to the Eugenics Records Office in 1914. His model, which became law, encompassed the feeble minded, the insane, criminals, epileptics, inebriated, diseased, deaf, blind, deformed and dependents of the state, including orphans, ne’er do wells, tramps, the homeless and paupers. Also included was the provision of protecting physicians from malpractice suits.

The case of Buck vs. Bell[5] brought to the Supreme Court in 1927 became the test of this law and brought the validity of eugenics movement to the forefront in the legal sphere and the authority of state and federal over individual rights. Those with the least voice are subjected to any declaration deemed necessary for the ‘protection’ of the many. In the infamous wording of Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was a student of eugenics; decreed the fate of Carrie Buck, “We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Holmes concluded his argument by declaring that "Three generations of imbeciles are enough". The sole dissenter in the court, Justice Pierce Butler, a devout Catholic, did not write a dissenting opinion.[6]

The rallying cry reverberated throughout the decades for sterilization, murder by abortion and drugging the elderly to death had many adherents, Dr. Goddard, a cousin of Charles Darwin and Margaret Sanger[7]. In the annuals of Sanger’s “research”, which was dubious at best, to carry on an extermination of the human race, outside of Hitler, Stalin, she has no equal, expect Roe vs. Wade. Her actions gave Hitler the means by ‘science’ to murder 6 million Jews, 2 million and Catholics and the hundreds of thousands, feeble minded. In all the atrocities, no country is excused from blame for the blood on their hands, hence, for centuries the forsaken and forgotten were subject to the secular world’s decision to dictate their will upon them, regardless of their viability of being a much necessary part of the human race. When the full horror of Hitler’s crimes were reported and finally believed, the eugenics movement was brought to an abrupt end, until 22 January, 1973. In all this the Catholic Church has stood and still stands as the bulwark against the heinous crimes humanity inflicts upon their own.

[1] History of Eugenics Associated File: A History of Eugenics Historical Perspective

[2]The Black Stork - Connections - Eugenics Archives!

[3] Eugenics and the death of babies in America Since 1915. (19960 Martins Pernick OUP, NY, NY ISBN 0195139393

1. [4] Harry Laughlin's Model Law -

1. [5] Buck vs. Bell Trial - EugenicsArchive

1. [6] Buck v. Bell | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute

1. [7] | The Truth About Margaret Sanger

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