HAVE WE BECOME WHAT WE LOATHE?
We look with horror on the attempts by Nazi Germany to create a perfect race by "improving" the Aryan gene pool. Recently a rare collection of documents held by the Red Cross, in the small German town of Bad Arolsen revealed the methods that were used to create the Master race. Some 250 "racially desirable" toddlers and young children were seized from Polish homes and adopted out to German families. Another Nazi command decrees: "All Polish orphans need to be checked for their potential for Germanization". The Nazis also ran "birthing homes" where racially acceptable, unwed mothers would bear children for adoption by Nazi families. An estimated 20,000 were born in these homes. From Taipei Times:
"With their neatly bobbed blonde hair and wide blue eyes, Alodia and her sister, Daria, qualified. "They told me that I have nice features -- like German features," Alodia Witaszek recalls today, at 69, sitting in her living room in the Polish city of Poznan, where she was born. "I was a `gift for the Fuehrer' -- that's what they called us," she said.
Now a British clinic will start screening and weeding out embryos for cosmetic defects From Telegraph.co.uk :
Embryos are to be screened for a cosmetic defect for the first time in a British clinic.
Doctors have been given permission to create a baby free from a genetic disorder which would have caused the child to have a severe squint....
Critics have said that the permission is another step on the road to creating only perfect-looking babies in the laboratory.
The licence was granted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to Prof Gedis Grudzinskas, who believes the landmark ruling marks a shift away from granting licences only for life-threatening conditions.
He said: "We will increasingly see the use of embryo screening for severe cosmetic conditions."
He added that he would seek to screen for any genetic factor at all that would cause a family severe distress.
When asked if he would screen embryos for factors like hair colour, he said: "If there is a cosmetic aspect to an individual case I would assess it on its merits.
"[Hair colour] can be a cause of bullying which can lead to suicide. With the agreement of the HFEA, I would do it.
"If a parent suffered from asthma, and it was possible to detect the genetic factor for this, I would do it.
"It all depends on the family's distress."...
Until last year screening was restricted to life-threatening conditions such as cystic fibrosis or fatal blood disorders.
Recently doctors have also been able to screen for adult diseases, including some types of cancer and early-onset Alzheimer's.
Dr David King, the director of Human Genetics Alert, said: "Philosophers love to deride the idea of a slippery slope, but here it is in practice.
"We moved from preventing children who will die young to those who might become ill in middle age.
"We now discard those who will live as long as the rest of us but are cosmetically imperfect."
Does the modern world look with horror on this? No, this is seen as progress.
When we exterminate the "defective" in the name of perfection, how are we any different from the Nazis. Our deadened consciences tell us that we are merciful, after all, our children must be spared the distress of wearing glasses, or possessing the wrong hair color, or eyecolor.
If "severe family distress" is the new criteria for exterminating human life then accident victims, hyperactive and difficult children, or even the elderly meet this new subjective criteria.