The And Its Impact On Society

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A mother’s right to choose to keep or abort a fetus has caused a lot of controversy. Currently, there are many conflicting opinions on the morality of abortion. People from both sides of the dispute have their reasons for opposing or supporting abortion. But, what happens when the choice of becoming pregnant is stole away from an eligible mother? This is where the term “Eugenics” has crept back into our vocabularies. It is strongly association with genocide of millions of Jews in Nazi Germany. Many people assume that it has never happened in the United States because in United States history there has never been genocide aimed at an entire race of people. Others may assume that even if the dogma was used in America, there was no lasting…show more content…
While negative eugenics “meant improving the quality of the human race by eliminating or excluding biology inferior people from the population.” (Kevles, 436). People with “bad genes” were described as “feebleminded” people. “Feebleminded” people were people who were mentally unstable or had learning disabilities. It later included people whom were epileptic, criminality, insanity, alcoholism, and pauperism. These are the people thought to be the cause of all of the problems in society. Although this concept was created as a way to fix societal problems, it discriminated against many people. It was most popular during interwar times. It was seen as a reform that could help improve society by eliminating or reducing the problem of criminality, prostitution, and alcoholism. They considered these societal issues as being hereditary. Improving society meant stopping people with these “problematic genes” from procreating. Then the “genes” would stop at their generation and not affect the newer generation. In many Western Europe countries, race didn’t play a big role in Eugenics. In America, race ended up playing a huge role. Anglo-Saxon Americans were seen as being “superior”. They used this as a way to discriminate against anyone that wasn’t Anglo-Saxon. It was even used against people like immigrants coming from eastern and southern Europe, who were technically a part of the white race, but not apart of the Anglo-Saxon majority. By the late 1920s, twenty-four
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