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Originally posted by Lethys
Sure this could help serious problems be detected such as child abuse, but how often are these things used purely for their ideal purposes.
The first significant country to undertake compulsory sterilization programs for the purpose of eugenics was the United States of America. The principal targets of the American program were the mentally retarded and the mentally ill, but also targetted under many state laws were the deaf, the blind, the epileptic, the physically deformed, and even orphans and the homeless. Some sterilizations also took place in prisons and other penal institutions, targeting criminality, but they were in the relative minority.
In the United States in recent years, interest in eugenics has centered around genetic screening. It is known, for example, that hemophilia, albinism, and certain structural abnormalities are inheritable. Family gene maps, called pedigrees, can help families with serious diseases avoid having children with the same diseases through genetic counseling, and, increasingly, prospective parents can be tested directly for the presence of undesired genes. If conception has occurred, tests such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling can be used to detect certain genetic defects in the fetus.
Hmmm. This is a blast from the past. I wonder what has become of this "initiative" since then? Mandatory health insurance and government control over the entire healthcare mafia sure does look a little more ominous when you combine it with something like this.