No Cause For Celebration


Francis Galton, the English eugenicist who wro...

Francis Galton, the English eugenicist who wrote extensively on the relation between intelligence and social class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two news items intrigued me as I was contemplating the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Both came from the same online edition of the London Telegraph for January 22. The first had the provocative headline “Humans Are Plague on Earth!” Author Louise Gray quoted the views of Sir David Attenborough who was advocating a severe reduction of the earth’s population. Sir David states:


“We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now,”  he told the Radio Times.

The next item was a rebuttal article, “Sir David Attenborough ‘Wrong’ on Human Plague.” This report, also by Louise Gray, quotes another environmentalist, Bjorn Lomborg, the author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” and an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School, said that this “Malthusian” view is outdated. He argued that new technologies mean that humans need less land to produce food. Therefore the population can grow without harming wildlife and as people become richer it may even be possible to return degraded land to wildlife.

The identification of Sir David’s view as “Malthusian” brought to mind the name of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, aka the world’s largest abortion provider. Thomas Malthus lived from 1766 to 1834 in England. According to Merriam “his theory (was) that population tends to increase at a faster rate than its means of subsistence and that unless it is checked by moral restraint or by disease, famine, war, or other disaster widespread poverty and degradation inevitably result … His thinking later had a profound influence upon Charles Darwin.”

Not only was Darwin influenced, so was Margaret Sanger. Of course, our dear Sir David as well has been influenced and a champion of what are, essentially the views of Thomas Malthus from 214 years ago. Malthus paved the way for the pseudo-science known as eugenics. Eugenics is the, “Study of human improvement by genetic means. The first thorough exposition of eugenics was made by Francis Galton, who in Hereditary Genius(1869) proposed that a system of arranged marriages between men of distinction and women of wealth would eventually produce a gifted race. The American Eugenics Society, founded in 1926, supported Galton’s theories. U.S. eugenicists also supported restriction on immigration from nations with “inferior” stock, such as Italy, Greece, and countries of eastern Europe, and argued for the sterilization of insane, retarded, and epileptic citizens. …The assumptions of eugenicists came under sharp criticism beginning in the 1930s and were discredited after the German Nazis used eugenics to support the extermination of Jews, blacks, and homosexuals.”

What is not told here is that Ms. Sanger herself used eugenics and openly advocated that those whom she considered “unfit” should be eliminated from society. This along with her views that women should not be “shackled” with a child as a result of sex led her to found the American Birth Control League. She later renamed it Planned Parenthood when the Nazi policies mentioned above came into disfavor, and when it became known that she supported those policies.

The eventual acceptance of Sanger’s views came to fruition during the 1960’s culminating with the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973. The case may be the worst decision ever rendered by the Supreme Court. It was a case dealing with human life in the womb in which the justices wrote that there was “no need” to define when such life begins! A case where a “right to privacy” which was never mentioned in the text of the Constitution was nevertheless invented because the justices found the “penumbras and emanations” of it somewhere in the Constitution! But worse have been the devastating results. Over 50 million unborn killed and millions of women devastated for life, as well as a spreading culture that is swiftly accepting death as a solution to all their problems. Thus we have celebrity scientists proposing population “control” as the final solution to the problems of the earth itself!

There is no cause to “celebrate” the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but it should be noted. It may be that we will look back at these days and mark them as points where we plunged deep into the abyss of death, or points where we regained our sanity and turned back to see the ultimate value and sacredness of human life.


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