North Carolina Revisits the Legacy of One of the Great Horror Stories of American History: Eugenics and the Forced Sterilization of Women

Posted By on January 14, 2012

From Doug Phillips at Vision Forum:

In 2010 Vision Forum Ministries held a national conference entitled ‘“The Baby Conference” which examined past, present, and future trends in eugenics and the battle for the future of childbirth, life, and the family in America. One of the key issues on the table was the ongoing influence of evolutionary thinking and its horrific consequences for life and death, both as to public policy decisions and the decision-making of modern Americans. The legacy of forced sterilization and the vision of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger continues and is reflective in the issues behind the following report from today’s news.

Read the full piece HERE. Also see the following stories about parents who chose to give birth to “non-viable” babies rather than aborting them as their doctors recommended:

  • The devastating choice: to abort or not to abort our unborn child with a lethal condition ~ Brad and I were expecting our first child and received some potentially devastating news at our 20-week ultrasound on November 11, 2005. Up to that point, the pregnancy was textbook. We had been joyfully anticipating the arrival of our new baby and all the things that go with being first-time expectant parents.
  • Our Son Never Took a Breath, But His Life Was Worth Living ~ After the ultrasound, we met with a genetic counsellor who kindly but bluntly told us that our baby had 0% chance of survival outside the womb. He told us he was required to let us know that termination of the pregnancy was an option, but once again we said that was not even an option in our minds.


About The Author

Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.


2 Responses to “North Carolina Revisits the Legacy of One of the Great Horror Stories of American History: Eugenics and the Forced Sterilization of Women”

  1. Abbysmom says:

    The stories you linked to about the parents who were expecting children with serious medical problems incompatible with life truly demonstrated making a difficult decision at a difficult time in their lives. Their courage to take a stand for continuing mom’s pregnancy under enormous pressure from physicians and a genetic counselor is truly an example of grace under fire and I salute them wholeheartedly.

    I realize I am your loyal opposition here, but had I known either of these couples I would not condemn them if they decided to abort their terminally ill unborn children. I certainly wouldn’t encourage abortion, though. But I have never “walked in the moccasins” that couples (or pregnant single moms, for that matter) face in this situation, so how who am I to judge their choice? There is no way to prove this, but presumably our Lord would support them no matter they would do.

  2. Appreciate the comment, as always. God’s Word protects innocent human life–even when in the womb (Exodus 21:22-23). We are all made in His image, so destroying the image of God is not something God would “support.” When life is lost due to illness or other natural causes, we grieve and work through our sorrow, but taking human life deliberately causes long-term grief, guilt, and agony to countless women–many of whom who seek post-abortion counseling. I’d love to see more people supporting perinatal hospice programs and helping parents go through the loss of a child without adding the anguish of deliberately taking the life of the child.

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