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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

"Hegelian Cold-Blooded Utilitarianism"

How far from "their finest hour" have the British come:

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...

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.



Dr. Leo Alexander wrote a piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1949 entitled "Medical Science under Dictatorship." He discusses the "Hegelian cold-blooded utilitarianism" of the physicians in Nazi Germany. For his work, Dr. Alexander was also a consultant at the Nuremberg Trials for the prosecution. One of the money quotes:


Whatever proportions these crimes finally assumed, it became evident to all who investigated them that they had started from small beginnings. The beginnings at first were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians. It started with the acceptance of the attitude, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived. This attitude in its early stages concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick. Gradually the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive, the ideologically unwanted, the racially unwanted and finally all non Germans. But it is important to realize that the infinitely small wedged-in lever from which this entire trend of mind received its impetus was the attitude toward the nonrehabilitable sick.

It is, therefore, this subtle shift in emphasis of the physicians' attitude that one must thoroughly investigate. It is a recent significant trend in medicine, including psychiatry, to regard prevention as more important than cure. Observation and recognition of early signs and symptoms have become the basis for prevention of further advance of disease.[8]

In looking for these early signs one may well retrace the early steps of propaganda on the part of the Nazis in Germany as well as in the countries that they overran and in which they attempted to gain supporters by means of indoctrination, seduction and propaganda.


Dr. Alexander's piece is worth the read. It is no less than demonic to want to murder one of these little ones. May Almighty God have mercy.

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