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Dan Forest, an Idiot, Thinks Planned Parenthood Was Founded to Destroy Black People – INDY Week

Posted: January 25, 2020 at 1:55 pm

On Monday, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, a candidate for governor, told a group of black ministers that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger created the organization to destroy the entire black race. The Cumberland County GOP shared the video on its Facebook page.

Theres no doubt that, when Planned Parenthood was created, it was created to destroy the entire black race,he said. That was the purpose of Planned Parenthood. Thats just the truth. Thats not just some bloc on the side. That was the purpose when that organization was created.

Forest is alluding to Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthoods founder, whose involvement in the eugenics movement has long beena subject of controversy. NPR ran a fact check of a similar statement Ben Carson made in 2015and found that Sangers role in the eugenics movement isnt entirely clear. She went to eugenics conferences because they intersected with the birth-control movement, which she supported.

She might have done so because she needed eugenicists to get behind her for political reasons; indeed, Theodore Roosevelt and John Rockefeller were both known eugenicists. Or she might have done so because she believed that eugenics could improve humanity, as did many elites of her era. In the early 20th century, many scientists bought into the idea based on Darwinism andGregor Mendels study of dominant and recessive genes.

Lending credence to the latter theory, Sangerwrote that theconsequences of breeding from stock lacking human vitality always will give us social problems and perpetuate institutions of charity and crime.

But as much as this is a favorite line of the anti-abortion crowd,its quite a stretch to suggest that her interest in eugenics was tied to racism. After all, she worked closely with W.E.B DuBois to get contraception into black communities.

The Negro race has reached a place in its history when every possible effort should be made to have every Negro child count as a valuable contribution to the future of America,she wrote. Sanger also sought out black ministers to combat misinformation on contraception and family planning.

Forest says he brought up these statements in the spirit of Martin Luther King, who was awarded the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award in 1966.

Coretta Scott King accepted the award on Kings behalfand read a speech written by the reverend. If family planning is sensible, it can facilitate or at least not be an obstacle to the solution of the many profound problems that plague [African Americans], King said.

In the same speech, King told ministers that race didnt exist: [God] created a genetic code within Adam and Eve that gave the possibility for all the colors that we have now within humanity. Thats what He created. (Science has since caught up to King: Race is a social construct.)

As Gerald Givens, president of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP, pointed out in an interview with WRAL, when it comes to speaking in the spirit of MLK, Dan Forest would be well served to keep his mouth shut: Im not sure why the lieutenant governor feels hes authorized to speak on behalf of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or on what African American people see. His opposition to organizations like Planned Parenthood shows he has not learned much from Dr. King.

Forest, after all, is a vocal proponent of the voter ID law that a federal court ruled targeted African Americans with surgical precision. Hes also backed the General Assemblys repeated efforts at racial gerrymanderinganother way to minimize black voting power to enhance the GOPs control. And, in a June 2019 speech, Forest said that the U.S. has survived diversity and multiculturalism, rhetoric drawn straight from the white-nationalist tiki-torch brigade.

And since Forest brought up eugenics, we should probably mention that North Carolina actually had a eugenics program that forcibly sterilized thousands of poor black women until 1976. Several years ago, hundreds of women were likely denied compensation for their sterilization by the North Carolina Industrial Commission, whose members Governor Pat McCrory appointed, based on missing paperwork.

Forest was lieutenant governor at the time. Funny how we cant recall any major speeches on the subject.

In other news, today is the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Heres the link to donate to Planned Parenthood, in case you want to piss Dan Forest off.

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Universities must share their oppressive pasts – University World News

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Through the first half of the 1900s, the eugenics movement had close ties to post-secondary institutions. For example, leaders at the University of Alberta also engaged in the eugenics movement and at the Alberta Eugenics Board. Two of the three founding colleges of the University of Guelph the Macdonald Institute and the Ontario Agricultural College officially taught eugenics between 1914 and 1948.

Once, eugenics spread the deeply damaging idea that it is possible, and even desirable, to improve the human race through selective breeding. It ultimately spawned policies aimed at eradicating those deemed unfit through institutional confinement, restrictive marriage, immigration laws and sterilisation. Eugenics was considered a science from the early 1900s until the 1930s, when its scientific reputation began to decline and shift.

Exhibiting eugenics

Canadian universities have restricted access to those archives that implicate their institutions in profiting from oppressive ideas and practices. Kathryn Harvey, the schools head archivist, made the University of Guelph archive available to us.

Using the archives, we developed a co-created, multimedia and multi-sensory exhibition at the Guelph Civic Museum called Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario, which began in September 2019 and runs until March 2020. It is the first of its kind to bring to light the difficult history of Canadian university involvement in teaching eugenics.

Into the Light is co-created by Mona Stonefish (our project Elder), Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawiiashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish, with key supports from Carla Rice (ReVision Centre), Dawn Owen (Guelph Civic Museum) and Sue Hutton (Respecting Rights, a project at ARCH Disability Law Centre). It brings together Indigenous and disabled people who carry personal histories of forced confinement and sterilisation.

The exhibition embraces disability and decolonising curatorial practices that disrupt and unsettle. By presenting artistic, sensory and material expressions of memory through different formats, it speaks the hard truths of colonialism as Ho-Chunk scholar Amy Lonetree writes. By showing more than 30 years of eugenics course documents (1914-48) from the Macdonald Institute and Ontario Agricultural College, it is thus a rare opportunity to consider how eugenics was taught and practised in Ontario.

Teaching eugenics

In Into the Light, the eugenics course documents are accompanied by multiple perspectives. Take, for example, one of the course slides, entitled Eugenical Classification of the Human Stock that was initially displayed at the Second International Eugenics Congress in 1921.

The slide includes a chart which shows the connection between eugenics and British colonialism. In it, Cecil Rhodes is classified as a superior person of genius. In 1921, Rhodes was celebrated for his forceful British colonial and white supremacist agenda. Today, Rhodes is recognised as an early architect of apartheid, a policy that involved the systematic dehumanisation of South Africas Black population from 1948 to 1994.

Also shown on the chart are the eugenic traits of those whom eugenicists deemed to be unfit, including people classified as feeble-minded, poor, criminal and epileptic. In the process of claiming the land and its peoples, Canadian colonial administrators, officers, physicians, educators and scientists framed First Peoples as impaired and mentally unfit in order to justify their actions.

As decolonising scholar Karen Stote writes in An Act of Genocide, this was a precursor to unethical sterilisation and forced institutionalisation.

Food was often used to perpetuate colonialism. In a section of the exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum, there is a stack of potato sacks, created by the artists, which shows a stereotypical image of an Indian with Eugenics Brand written on the sacks. Bright light streams between the sacks.

The sacks reveal the forced domestic and agricultural labour imposed on those who were placed, sometimes violently, in Ontario residential institutions.

The sacks are accompanied by the smell of rotting potato to evoke the feeling of being denied comfort and nutrition.

The eugenics course suppressed independent thinking and experiential knowledges. But Into The Light centres once-marginalised survivor experiences and encourages viewers to think critically.

The effect of eugenics

The exhibition has had a jarring impact on university students, especially those in psychology, sociology, human development, political science and social work who are aiming for careers in the same professions that once supported eugenics.

One psychology graduate student, for example, spoke about how his relationship towards the University of Guelph transformed after visiting the exhibition. When he learned about the universitys role in teaching eugenics, his pride quickly turned to feelings of discomfort and disorientation. But he became open and eager to change when he realised that the university chose to expose and address its history instead of trying to cover it up.

For survivors and aggrieved groups, the display of archival documents has had an impact also. One survivor of the Mohawk Institute and the Training School for Girls said she felt relieved and validated after decades of being silenced, denied and disbelieved all of which compounded the crimes she experienced due to eugenics.

Dalhousie University and Ryerson University are two schools with close ties to 19th century figures who profited from oppression, enslavement and colonisation Lord Dalhousie and Egerton Ryerson, respectively.

Both schools are coming to terms with these histories. They are establishing scholarly panels and consultation processes with aggrieved groups, that can address colonial, racist and ableist attitudes, policies and practices.

University archivists, librarians, researchers and administrators across the country should work with communities to find meaningful ways of making their archives accessible to those targeted by destructive ideas and practices. Uncovering hidden stories of the past calls into question our ways of doing things in the present; for aggrieved and justice-seeking groups, an open past opens up more just possibilities for the future.

Evadne Kelly is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Guelph and Carla Rice is professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Guelph, Canada. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article.

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VKC is entering the new year with the same baggage – Daily Trojan Online

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The beginning of Spring 2020 with the inpour of new faces and those still round from home-cooked meals is a time for second chances and new opportunities. Or not.

Despite the state-wide drought, USC experienced a near constant rainfall of scandals last year. Although the University has survived into the next decade still smelling of rain and glowing with the rosy dew of optimism its not yet time to celebrate; not when there remains a building dedicated to a known eugenicist. Until President Carol Folt takes real action toward renaming the building, the situation will remain as is: USCs administration supports the segregationist sentiments propagated by Rufus von KleinSmid.

Rufus von KleinSmid served as the Universitys fifth president from 1921 to 1947, switching to the chancellor position for the last 17 years of his life. During that time, he oversaw the expansion of USCs academic system, integrating 16 schools and eight buildings and tripling the student population. In his spare time, von KleinSmid went on to co-found the Human Betterment Foundation a Pasadena-based organization promoting the possibilities of race betterment by eugenic sterilization.

Prior to his appointment to the USC presidency, von KleinSmid had already made his name known in the realm of eugenics, publishing and presenting a paper titled Eugenics and the State at the Cincinnati Academy of Medicine in 1913. Some noteworthy lines from that paper include, our defective classes breed like rabbits and the normal boy and girl have rights to grasp from youth the fullest measure of what youthful life can gain without the hindering presence of those who can never help.

At this point, multiple articles have been published exposing the former president for propagating oppression and outright torture for that is what involuntrary sterilization is: torture. We can therefore move past the stage of questioning whether von KleinSmid was racist. That is not up for debate. A debriefing of von KleinSmids history was included above for the sake of the reader. However, the events themselves are not the focus here, and its clear that the absurdity of it all has lost all shock value.

The About USC website offers a, should we say, sanitized version of history of the Universitys former president, excluding any mention of von KleinSmids fervent advocacy for racism and oppression. This is a sound choice for the sake of advertisement but not as good for the preservation of truth and institutional integrity. In this haze of ignorance, USC hopefuls are led around campus, encouraged to admire the VKC building and why would they not? Its a beautiful building. With the towering globe statue and the array of flags representing international students home countries, it doesnt look like its named after a depraved human being.

President Folt entered her position with promises of progressive action and a total facelift for USC. However, the procedure seems to have been botched. Perhaps the physician wasnt certified as advertised. There definitely werent any rave reviews from her previous employment.

As chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Folt delayed the removal of the Silent Sam Confederate statue until after the majority of it had been torn down by student protesters. Her indecision gained no favor from either side in the arguments over the statues place on campus. Instead, it only sped up the process of her resignation.

Coming to USC a few months later, Folt should have addressed VKCs name change right away. With the campus in turmoil over the admissions scandals, there was a clear opportunity to increase morale among the student population by tackling a very visible problem. Instead, the president launched the Values Poll, which was a nicely wrapped distraction from the problem at hand, diverting attention from the student demonstrations which interrupted her inauguration.

This is not a matter of what the students want; students have advocated for the buildings renaming for years. Former USG Senator Preston Fregia presented a formal proposal and formed a committee focused on USC nomenclature two years ago. Put plainly, it is the Universitys higher-ups who are the roadblock to the change of which USC is in dire need.

Simply put: USC is protecting a eugenicist over its students and it doesnt look like that will change.

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The dangers of hatred, prejudice | Opinion – The Baytown Sun

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There are people who say it never happened. I visited the Houston Holocaust Museum last week and it boggles the mind how anyone could think that. There, as in many other similar museums, was a preponderance of proof otherwise.

The museum was very well done and informative albeit disturbing. How could such a thing happen? In the late 19th century, many scientists and intellectuals began to apply the Darwinian concepts of evolution to the problems of society. It was known as eugenics and racial scientism. In the aftermath of World War I, many were willing to believe in it. The Nazi ideas that promoted German racial superiority were a more radical expression of that.

I once visited Dachau, one of the concentration camps in Germany. There, on a gray day, I set foot where so many suffered and died. A restless wind was blowing and the tall trees along the perimeter swayed to its rhythm. Later, I learned that the inmates had planted those trees. It was as if their spirits were stirring among us. As I peered into one of the dorms, an old German man beside me said, I come here to remember that men are just animals. Perhaps he had been there. I was afraid to ask.

From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to cleanse Germany of those viewed as biological threats to the nations well being. Any movement such as this has to begin with a leader-Hitler-who could convince people that a person can be a criminal by their birth and must be destroyed. Since that person was deemed less than human, some had no problem in killing them. It was a way to justify the madness.

In 1941, Hitler implemented the final solution. Killing centers were built and millions were put to death in gas chambers loaded with Zyclon B. Exhibits in the museum showed photos of the gas chambers and piles of emaciated bodies. The walls held maps of the locations of where all the many concentration camps had been.

As disturbing as this was to see, there were also photos and information about all those who helped hide Jewish families or help them escape at the risk of death to themselves and their families. Although many were caught, tortured and then put to death, they saved thousands. That gave an element of hope to the exhibitions of death and despair.

I would like to think that I would have been brave enough to do that. But when faced with it, would I? That was bravery beyond measure. Many gave their lives to resist this insanity. They are the heroes-ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

After the museum, our group went to lunch at Cleburnes Cafeteria, an icon in Houston known for their humongous portions. As I looked at the piles of food from which to choose, my mind went back to thoughts of the millions of people who were starved to death during the Holocaust. I offered up a prayer of thankfulness for all that God has blessed us with here in this country.

We should never take that for granted and so be ever vigilant to the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy to our fellow man.

A former longtime Baytown resident, Ginger Stripling now lives in Mont Belvieu. Contact her at viewpoints@baytownsun.com, Attention: Ginger Stripling.

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Angels of Death, Angels of Mercy? – Shepherd Express

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Josef Mengele was nowhere near the upper ranks of the Nazi hierarchy yet has endured as one of the regimes most infamous figures. Prominent in fiction as well as credulous nonfiction, he is recalled as Dr. Death, notorious as an SS physician at Auschwitz, where he conducted experiments on his captives.

In Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death (W.W. Norton), David G. Marwell sifts through the documentary evidence and assembles the fullest, most accurate picture yet. The author is a former director of New Yorks Museum of Jewish Heritage and worked in the 1980s with the U.S. Justice Department to track Mengeles whereabouts (and his possible ties to U.S. intelligence).

The facts are both more interesting and more sinister than the legend. To clear up one misconception, Marwell shows that Mengele was part of an Auschwitz team of SS physicians. They worked in shifts as the trains of victims arrived, separating those to be killed immediately from those allowed a short reprieve. Even the great Elie Wiesel mistakenly assumed that Mengele was the man who decided he would live. Every survivor claims it was Mengele, but most descriptions dont tally with his appearance. Mengele did participate in the culling that occurred at the railroad platform but was one of many officers so tasked.

As for the experiments, Mengele was less a mad scientist than a researcher in a field shut down by mainstream science following the Holocaust: eugenics. Germany was not alone in the projects to improve human stock by breeding the fit, sterilizing the unfit and other measures. The U.S. was one of the leading nations with eugenic research and laws until Hitler. After 1933, Germanys formidable medical establishment redirected its efforts toward racial hygiene. As Mengele completed medical school, he was taught that the individual was nothing more than a single cell of an entire people. Under the Third Reich, great institutions became engaged in mapping racial and ethnic boundaries by measuring skulls and bones and making careful notations on complexion, hair and eye color.

As Marwell puts it, Mengele pursued his science not as some renegade propelled solely by evil and bizarre impulses, but rather in a manner that his mentors and his peers could judge as meeting the highest standards.

Before being posted to Auschwitz, Mengele was no stranger to the peer-reviewed journals of academic science. Mengele and his colleagues were seeking the biochemical basis of race and trying to prove the heritability of intelligence, physical health and personality. In eugenics, nature trumps nurture. Mengeles preoccupation with studying twins at Auschwitz was not unique but part of a broader study of the laws of inheritance.

For Mengele, Auschwitz was a laboratory where the minimum legal constraints preserved in Nazi Germany (parental consent) were repealed. At the death camp, he could choose from thousands of unwilling subjects and organize control groups for experiments. In death, Mengele collected their organs and bones for further study, sending many carefully preserved specimens to institutes in Berlin.

Marwell helped verify Mengeles 1979 death by examining his exhumed bones. He ends the book on a hopeful note: advances in genetics dont support the idea that inheritance determines habits, personalities and intelligence. Genetically, we are more alike than unlike each other.

At least one of Mengeles associates worked with the man who identified Aspergers as a distinct disorder, although his insights went unappreciated for decades. In Aspergers Children (W.W. Norton), historian Edith Sheffer goes in search of Viennese psychiatrist Hans Asperger, finding that his ideas were linked to Nazi eugenic theories. Although he never joined the Nazi Party, Asperger collaborated closely with Nazi physicians who euthanized autistic and developmentally disabled children in the name of improving racial stock. Like many scientists across the world, Asperger believed in eugenics, but perhaps he was uncomfortable with the drastic steps undertaken by the Nazis? His identification of high functioning autistic children (with the idea that they had redeeming social value) saved at least some lives.

Aspergers Children is a sophisticated analysis of the many shades of gray that colored life under Nazism. The acclaimed 2018 book is out now in paperback.

David Luhrssen lectured at UWM and the MIAD. He is author of The Vietnam War on Film, Encyclopedia of Classic Rock, and Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism.

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Margaret Sanger Is a Hero to the Left. Here’s Her History of Ugly Views. – Daily Signal

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Margaret Sanger, the womens rights activist and founder ofPlanned Parenthoodthe largest abortion provider in Americais a hero to themodern Left. And little wonder, given her outsized role in the founding andpromotion of the modern abortion industry.

But what few people realize is that Planned Parenthood isactually more extreme than its founder, at least when it comes to abortion. Infact, Sanger, as remarkable as it seems, looks positively tame next to themodern agenda.

Which raises the question: why would Planned Parenthood, whichhas gone so far beyond Sanger in its promotion of abortion, eugenics, andpopulation control, still hold her up as a leader of the movement? Isnt she abit behind the times?

The movement can thank prominent Progressive leaders of thelast decade for raising Sangers profile. Shes featured prominently in liberalspeeches and interviews, like when Hillary Clinton told supporters in 2009 thatshe was in awe of her. In 2014, Barack Obama became the first sittingpresident to address the abortion groups national conference, praisingSangers legacy as its core principle [that] has guided everything all of youdo.

Interestingly, Planned Parenthood, whose highest award still bears Sangers name, has moved so far to the left that its hero probably couldnt even get a job selling T-shirts for the radical abortion giant today. If they were consistent, modern leftists wouldcall Sanger a white supremacist or an extremist for her views on immigration, raceand yes, abortion.

Take, for example, Sangers desire to see Americas borderssealed to all unfit immigrants to protect what she considered a fragile gene pool.That sounds a lot like the caricature of pro-Trump conservatives conjured up inleft-wing fantasies.

Then there was her notorious speech before a branch of theNew Jersey Ku Klux Klan, a well-documented event despite the content beingnearly forgotten. In that speech, Sanger warned that America must keep thedoors of Immigration closed to genetic undesirables.

Then theres Sangers opinion of non-whites, which, if utterednow, would (rightly) cause a conniption among Americans. She consideredAustralias Aborigines compulsiverapists and the lowest known species of the human family, just a stephigher than the chimpanzee in brain development. Because he has no greatbrain development, Sanger wrote, police authority alone prevents [Aborigines]from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets.

But if Planned Parenthood was honest about its founder,Sangers most unforgivable sin would be her skepticism of abortion itself.

One of Sangers few criticisms of the Soviet Union when shevisited the communist state in 1934 was its outright insistence on encouragingabortion over contraception. Four hundred thousand abortions a year indicatewomen do not want to have so many children, a perplexed Sanger told a Sovietdoctor.

She thought that access to birth control was a human rightbutwas repulsed by abortion. In my opinion it is a cruel method of dealing withthe problem, Sanger wrote upon returning home, because abortion, no matterhow well done, is a terrific nervous strain and an exhausting physical hardship.

In fact, the founder of Planned Parenthood was deeplyconcerned about the tremendous number of abortions taking place in the SovietUnion, as historian Paul Kengor has documented.Legalization of abortion was one of the communist governments first acts followingthe 1917 Russian Revolutionnearly 60 years before Roe v. Wadeaccomplished the same thing in America. By1920, the Soviet Union was providing abortions free of charge to its citizens.

Sanger wrote that the number of abortions in Moscow was 100,000per year. By the 1970s, there were 78 millionabortions annually in the USSRa rate unmatched in human history, Kengorpoints out. Roe v. Wade only managed 1.5 million in 1973, the year the SupremeCourt legalized abortion.

By these metrics, Planned Parenthoods position on abortion in2020 is far closer to that of post-Revolutionary Soviet Union than their hero, MargaretSanger.

If Progressives held Sanger to their own standards, theydhave to denounce her antiquated viewsso why do they continue to applaud her?Because the Left believes that Sangers contributions to the pro-choicemovement outweigh her racist views. So Planned Parenthood sticks with itsdespicable founder, refusing to disavow her altogether, to its shame.

If leftists were honest, theyd renounce Margaret Sangerandthen reflect on what it means that theyve become even more radical than theeugenicist who started their anti-life movement.

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Down Syndrome Is No Justification for Abortion – The Union Journal

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By David Kamioner|January 23, 2020

In a relocation that is certain to win support with pro-lifers existing at the March for Life in DC on Friday, the Trump Department of Justice Wednesday revealed it was home siding with the state of Ohio concerning a questionable expense that does not allow physicians to carry out abortions exclusively on the basis of a prenatal medical diagnosis of Down syndrome.

A doctor executing the treatment on a youngster with the problem would certainly encounter a fourth-degree felony fee, loss of their clinical certificate, and also various other lawful problems. The legislation will certainly be brought prior to the sixth Court of Appeals for a choice.

The UNITED STATE Supreme Court has actually discovered that any type of legal action that substantially burdens a woman from ending a maternity via abortion is unconstitutional. The Trump DOJ says that absolutely nothing in Ohios [Down syndrome] legislation develops a significant barrier to females acquiring an abortion.

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It is numbing that, after totalitarian experiments in eugenics (the expected procedure of enhancing races and also the types by careful reproduction and also birth), and also our very own harmful stroll down that course in the very early 20 th century, that there are those that would certainly promote eliminating coming babies on the basis of health and wellness supremacy.

Though unfortunately, there is priority.

The eugenics activity was when so significant in America that also a valued jurist such as Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes,Jr stated most viewpoint in the 1927 Buck v. Bell instance, the instance worried eugenics procedures in Virginia, that It would certainly be odd if it (Virginia) might not contact those that currently sap the stamina of the State for these minimal sacrifices, commonly not really felt to be such by those worried, to avoid our being overloaded with inexperience.

It is much better for all the globe, if rather than waiting to perform degenerate children for criminal offense, or to allow them deprive for their imbecility, culture can protect against those that are manifestly unsuited from proceeding their kind. Holmes ended, Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

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Planned Parenthood creator Margaret Sanger, in addition to numerous various other popular people and also companies, additionally sustained eugenics.

After the cold-blooded concept luckily shed support in the United States it was utilized en masse by Nazi Germany to genocidal outcomes.

That is the heritage those that desire to terminate Down syndrome infants tackle as their very own.

However, the state of Ohio and also the Trump DOJ do not credit these savage concepts. We are a much better country since they do not.

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Texas Joins Brief To Protect The Right To Life For Babies With Down Syndrome – San Marcos Corridor News

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Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton is the lawyer for the State of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to:

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes.

The Texas AG sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.

Many Texans look to the Office of the Attorney General for guidance with disputes and legal issues. The agency receives hundreds of letters, phone calls and visits each week about crime victims compensation, child support, abuse in nursing homes, possible consumer fraud and other topics. To find out more about the Texas Attorney General, visit the official website at https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/.

AG PaxtonJoinsBrief to Protect the Right to LifeforBabies with Down Syndrome

AUSTIN Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 17 other states in a friend-of-the-court brief to protect babies with Down Syndrome from abortion based solely on their genetics.

Despite numerous civil rights protections, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, an Ohio federal court created a categorical right to abortion, regardless of whether the reason for an abortion is clearly based on discrimination against a child with disabilities.

As fetal screening technology advances, the risk of eugenics-minded abortion, unfortunately, expands as well. To kill a child in the womb simply because they possess different physical or mental capabilities than their parents envisioned is a barbaric and horrifying act of discrimination against the helpless, said Attorney General Paxton. All life should be celebrated and all people, regardless of their genetics, should be afforded the right to life.

Ohios anti-eugenic law protects those with Down Syndrome from harm prior to their birth and opposes the demeaning stereotype that a life with disabilities is not worth living.

Allowing the baseless abortion of those with Down Syndrome opens the door to increasingly dangerous discrimination in determining who is allowed to live and who must not be born at all.

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Notification of Opinion

Official Request RQ-0299-KPVoting entitlement of the taxing units entitled in the election of an appraisal districts board of directors under Tax Code section 6.03(d)

Official Opinion KP-0287Tax Code section 6.031 authorizes a change to the voting entitlement of taxing units in the appointment of an appraisal districts board of directors.

Under the transition provisions of House Bill 1010 from 2007, a court would likely conclude that House Bill 1010 invalidated any previously adopted alternative method for determining that voting entitlement.

The voting entitlement for the appointment of appraisal district directors should be determined by Tax Code section 6.03(d), absent action taken under Tax Code section 6.031 to change that method subsequent to House Bill 1010.

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Original Request RQ-0298-KPProcedure to repeal a special road tax

Official Opinion: KP-0286To initiate an election to repeal a county road tax adopted under section 256.052 of the Transportation Code, a county commissioners court must receive a petition calling for the election signed by 200 registered voters of the county.

However, under section 256.053, the commissioners court may grant the petition only if satisfactory proof is presented of (1) great dissatisfaction with the tax; and (2) probable success of the election.

What constitutes satisfactory proof is a question of fact for the commissioners court to determine in the first instance, subject to judicial review.

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Original Request RQ-0297-KPConstruction of Transportation Code section 502.010, concerning a county assessor collectors authority to refuse to register motor vehicles based on certain scofflaw information.

Official Opinion: KP-0285In a county that does not have an information-sharing contract with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the county assessor-collector may refuse to register a motor vehicle under subsection 502.0IO(a) of the Transportation Code upon receipt of information that the owner owes the county a fine, fee, or tax that is past due, or failed to appear in certain criminal matters as specified in the statute.

Subsections (c), (d), (e), (f), and the second sentence of subsection (b-1) are not applicable to a county that does not have an information-sharing contract with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Under subsection 502.0IO(b-1), the information provided to make a determination whether to refuse to register a motor vehicle under subsection 502.0IO(a)(l) expires on the second anniversary of the date information was provided and applies whether or not the county has an information-sharing contract with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Section 502.010 does not provide for the expiration of information about a vehicle owners failure to appear in the specified criminal matters.

A countys contract with the Department of Public Safety relating to drivers license renewal under section 706.002 of the Transportation Code does not affect its authority or duties with respect to motor vehicle registration under section 502.010.

Request for Opinion

Official Request RQ-0328-KPWhether rider 52 to article III of the General Appropriations Act allows students to qualify for financial assistance through the Program to Encourage Certification to Teach Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, or Spanish by taking an exam comparable to the State Board for Educator Certification Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test or by passing a practice exam.

Date Received:January 17, 2019

Official Requestor:Harrison Keller, Ph.D.Commissioner of Higher EducationTexas Higher Education Coordinating BoardPost Office Box 12788Austin, Texas 78711

AG Paxton: Baby T.L.s Right to Life Must be Protected

AUSTIN ?Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Second Court of Appeals, urging the court to reverse a lower courts order and grant baby T.L.s family a temporary injunction until the case is resolved to protect the babys life.

In November 2019, Cook Childrens Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas denied the babys mothers request to continue life-sustaining treatment without first providing due process of law, directly violating her wishes and her daughters right to life. The family seeks an order from the court that will prevent the hospital from ignoring the familys wishes by ending baby T.L.s life.

Life is the first and ultimate constitutionally protected interest, and this case is certainly a matter of life or death, said Attorney General Paxton. This baby girl, like all Texans, has the right to life and due process. Patients must be heard and justly represented when determining their own medical treatment, especially when their life is in danger. My office will use all necessary resources to ensure that this baby and all Texans are afforded the rights they deserve.

Section 166.046 of the Texas Health and Safety Code states that a physician who decides that treatment is medically inappropriate along with an ethics or medical committee that affirms the decision is not required to provide life-sustaining treatment at the request of a patient or the person responsible for the health care decisions of the patient unless a court orders otherwise. The statute fails to require that physicians provide an explanation of why they refused life-sustaining treatment and provide the patients family with adequate notice and opportunity to argue their position prior to the committee reaching a decision, effectively allowing the government to deny an individuals right to his or her own life without due process.

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Why Universities Need to Come to Grips With Their Past Racist Teachings – The National Interest Online

Posted: January 21, 2020 at 12:45 pm

For the first time, a Canadian university the University of Guelph is reconciling with its history of teaching eugenics. Few universities in Canada have looked closely at their historical involvement in oppressive research, teaching and practice. Fewer still have made their archives accessible.

Through the first half of the 1900s, the eugenics movement had close ties to post-secondary institutions. For example, leaders at the University of Alberta also engaged in the eugenics movement and at the Alberta Eugenics Board. Two of the three founding colleges of the University of Guelph the Macdonald Institute and the Ontario Agricultural College officially taught eugenics between 1914 and 1948.

Once, eugenics spread the deeply damaging idea that it is possible, and even desirable, to improve the human race through selective breeding. It ultimately spawned policies aimed at eradicating those deemed unfit through institutional confinement, restrictive marriage, immigration laws and sterilization. Eugenics was considered a science from the early 1900s until the 1930s, when its scientific reputation began to decline and shift.

Exhibiting eugenics

Canadian universities have restricted access to those archives that implicate their institutions in profiting from oppressive ideas and practices. Kathryn Harvey, the schools head archivist, made the University of Guelph archive available to us.

Using the archives, we developed a co-created, multimedia and multi-sensory exhibition at the Guelph Civic Museum called Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario, which began in September 2019 and runs until March 2020. It is the first of its kind to bring to light the difficult history of Canadian university involvement in teaching eugenics.

Into the Light is co-created by Mona Stonefish (our project Elder), Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawiiashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish, with key supports from Carla Rice (ReVision Centre), Dawn Owen (Guelph Civic Museum) and Sue Hutton (Respecting Rights, a project at ARCH Disability Law Centre). It brings together Indigenous and disabled people who carry personal histories of forced confinement and sterilization.

The exhibition embraces disability and decolonizing curatorial practices that disrupt and unsettle. By presenting artistic, sensory and material expressions of memory through different formats, it speaks the hard truths of colonialism as Ho-Chunk scholar Amy Lonetree writes. By showing more than 30 years of eugenics course documents (1914-48) from the Macdonald Institute and Ontario Agricultural College, it is thus a rare opportunity to consider how eugenics was taught and practised in Ontario.

Teaching eugenics

In Into the Light, the eugenics course documents are accompanied by multiple perspectives. Take, for example, one of the course slides, entitled Eugenical Classification of the Human Stock that was initially displayed at the Second International Eugenics Congress in 1921.

The chart shows the connection between eugenics and British colonialism. In it, Cecil Rhodes is classified as a superior person of genius. In 1921, Rhodes was celebrated for his forceful British colonial and white supremacist agenda. Today, Rhodes is recognized as an early architect of apartheid, a policy that involved the systematic dehumanization of South Africas Black population from 1948 to 1994.

Also shown on the chart are the eugenic traits of those whom eugenicists deemed to be unfit, including people classified as feeble-minded, poor, criminal and epileptic. In the process of claiming the land and its peoples, Canadian colonial administrators, officers, physicians, educators and scientists framed First Peoples as impaired and mentally unfit in order to justify their actions. As decolonizing scholar Karen Stote writes in An Act of Genocide, this was a precursor to unethical sterilization and forced institutionalization.

The effects of colonialism and eugenics are seen in two large stacks of food sacks. The sacks reveal the forced domestic and agricultural labour imposed on those who were placed, sometimes violently, in Ontario residential institutions.

The sacks are accompanied by the smell of rotting potato to evoke the feeling of being denied comfort and nutrition.

The eugenics course suppressed independent thinking and experiential knowledges. But Into The Light centres once-marginalized survivor experiences and encourages viewers to think critically.

This article by Evadne Kelly and Carla Rice first appeared in 2019 in The Conversation via Creative Commons License.

Image: Reuters.

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Forced sterilization victim in Japan urges gov’t to admit responsibility during appeal – The Mainichi

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A member of the plaintiffs' side holds a piece of paper with messages of support written on it, in Sendai's Aoba Ward, on Jan. 20, 2020. (Mainichi/Daisuke Wada)

SENDAI -- One of two women who effectively lost a damages suit in May 2019 against the Japanese government over its forced sterilization under the now-defunct eugenic protection law, opposed the lower court decision in her first appeal hearing on Jan. 20, saying she "didn't know about the law, or that Japan was conducting illegal acts, even at the time."

The woman in her 70s from Miyagi Prefecture filed her lawsuit seeking 38.5 million yen in compensation with the Sendai District Court in May 2018 under the alias "Junko Iizuka," after another woman in her 60s from the same northeast Japan prefecture filed a similar suit. The cases were later merged.

The lower court rejected both claims on May 28 last year, stopping short of recognizing the government's responsibility based on factors including the statute of limitations for illegal practices, which stipulates the right to demand compensation ends 20 years after an illegal act.

Iizuka said she "has been feeling down" since the ruling. She was divorced for not being able to have a child, and the sorrow triggered mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. For Iizuka, who has repeatedly thought of killing herself due to the treatment, it's baffling why the government is not held accountable.

On May 31, the plaintiffs filed an appeal with the Sendai High Court. In response to the district court ruling, the legal team tried to bring up the statute of limitations as a point of contention by arguing, "The victims' right to seek compensation has not ended." Meanwhile, the government demanded the appeal be dismissed.

In the Jan. 20 hearing, the plaintiffs' side stressed the fact that "the victims could not objectively recognize the illegality of the sterilization surgery," as it was legitimate at the time, and the government had approved of deceiving people into receiving the surgery.

They also argued that the period of limitations for demanding compensation should commence from Feb. 16, 2017 -- when the Japan Federation of Bar Associations described the eugenics law as unconstitutional -- which, according to the plaintiffs, "is the first time the illegality of the damages became apparent." The government, however, said the period should start from the day the women underwent surgeries.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs' side showed examples of Supreme Court decisions and stressed that even if the period was counted from the day the women underwent surgeries, restrictions should apply to the statute of limitations in a case where an illegal act goes remarkably against justice and fairness. But the government insisted that the restrictions "only apply if the offender's act makes it objectively impossible for the victim to exercise their rights," and do not apply in this case.

Due to her unfortunate background, Iizuka was forced by a local welfare commissioner to enter Komatsushima Gakuen, a facility for children with intellectual disabilities in the prefectural capital of Sendai. After graduation, she was taken to a clinic by a person commissioned to provide vocational and other guidance to help people with intellectual disabilities integrate themselves into society. Iizuka, 16 at the time, was then anesthetized and received sterilization surgery without knowing.

She only came to realize that the surgery was carried out under the eugenic protection law (1948-1996) after reading a letter she received in 1997 from her father. Until that point, Iizuka had felt resentment against the local welfare commissioner and the person commissioned to provide vocational and other training to her, but decided to sue the government after coming to know that the surgery was part of a national policy.

"Because the government refuses to acknowledge its responsibility, I continue to feel resentment, and my symptoms are getting worse," Iizuka complained. She says she continues to feel pain in her lower abdomen as a side effect of the surgery. She added, "I hope for the government to properly acknowledge its responsibility in court."

(Japanese original by Hiroshi Endo, Sendai Bureau)

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