Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Abortion as a means to improve the species

Leave it to Joycelyn Elders to elucidate the moral goodness of abortion. Tucker Carlson, writing for The Daily Standard website points out how abortion has become a form of eugenics.

Commenting on the horrific moral reasoning of the former Surgeon General Carlson writes:

Testifying before Congress in the spring of 1990, Arkansas state health director Joycelyn Elders took an unusual tack in her defense of legal abortion. "Abortion," she said, "has had an important, and positive, public- health effect," in that it has reduced "the number of children afflicted with severe defects." As evidence, the future surgeon general cited this statistic: "The number of Down's Syndrome infants in Washington state in 1976 was 64 percent lower than it would have been without legal abortion."

Her remark went all but unnoticed at the time and has received little attention since, even during Elders's contentious tenure as surgeon general in the Clinton administration. But it was a significant statement nonetheless, if only because it represents one of the few occasions on which a public health official has publicly acknowledged the eugenic utility of abortion. Terminating a pregnancy, Elders argued, is not simply a difficult personal decision, an agonizing last resort. When guided by public-health objectives, abortion can also be a positive act -- a means of improving the species.

Read the entire article HERE.

Thanks to Justin Taylor for posting a link to this article.


Gary Baumgarten said...

Joycelyn Elders will be my guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk at 5 PM New York time Friday October 9.

To talk to her please go to and click on the Join the Show link.


Gary Baumgarten said...


Friday is the 10th not the 9th.

Sorry about that!