Eugenics and the Washington Post

This weekend, the Washington Post reminded us all how out of touch they are with the majority of Americans. A published column entitled: “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right,” grotesquely advanced eugenics based upon a false standard of perfection.

What a heartbreaking title, and an incredibly heartbreaking column.  Here is a direct quote from the author, Ruth Marcus: “I can say without hesitation that, tragic as it would have felt and ghastly as a second-trimester abortion would have been, I would have terminated those pregnancies had the testing come back positive. I would have grieved the loss and moved on.”

If, as the author claims, she doesn’t believe that abortion is the taking of a human life, why would she “grieve”? Why would a second-trimester abortion be “ghastly”? Quite possibly because she has bought the lie that the abortion lobby has been peddling for decades. But here is the truth: abortion ends a human life.

Marcus talks about the challenges that people with Down syndrome face and then says “I’m going to be blunt here: that was not the child I wanted.” She claims that since, by her statistics, 2/3 of American women would make the same choice, then its fine that she is choosing eugenics. Should the same “majority rules” logic have existed when examining the moral conundrum of slavery? Just because a large swath of Americans would make the choice to enslave their black brothers and sisters, does not mean that it was the correct or moral choice!

At the end of her column, Marcus mentions the eugenic nature of these choices and the scary possibilities for the future, but then she callously casts them aside to advance her own false narrative. She says that because Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, we should set aside all concerns of eugenics because it’s a woman’s right.

This is the society we live in, in which concerns of eugenics that are currently happening are brushed past with an appeal to individual rights. Its just a shame that Marcus will never recognize the individual right of that unborn child with Down syndrome.


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