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Johnson Aide Who Urged Compulsory Contraception Quits

Andrew Sabisky says opponents are 'selectively quoting' his racial comments

(Newser) - An adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned on Monday amid fierce criticism of his past comments linking intelligence to race and suggesting contraception should be made compulsory to avoid "a permanent underclass." Andrew Sabisky said he was quitting because he had become a distraction, the AP... More »

Report: Epstein Planned 'Baby Ranch' in New Mexico

He spoke to prominent scientists about his plans to 'improve' human race, sources say

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein is an even more disturbing character than his arrest on sex-trafficking charges suggests, according to a report in the New York Times . Sources say the billionaire financier used his wealth and influence to build connections with prominent scientists, and he spoke to some of them about his interest... More »

SCOTUS Defers on Abortion, but 2 Justices are 'at War'

Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg have drawn their 'battle lines'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court may have put off for now some of the core questions tied to Roe vs. Wade, but the Cut and CNN note justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are now "officially at war" and "drawing their battle lines." All of the justices agreed... More »

Virginia to Pay This Man for Forcibly Sterilizing Him

Lewis Reynolds is one of 11 known surviving victims

(Newser) - Lewis Reynolds' first wife left him when she found out he couldn't father children. His second marriage lasted 47 years, until his wife's death, but he recalls how they'd sometimes cry because they could never have a biological family. Although no amount of money can fully erase... More »

Rand Paul Rips Off Wikipedia

Rachel Maddow catches the plagiarism

(Newser) - If you already thought it was weird that Rand Paul went on a rant about eugenics during a speech in Virginia yesterday, well, the story just got even weirder. Rachel Maddow pointed out last night that parts of the speech were lifted from Wikipedia, Mediaite reports. Specifically, the Wikipedia entry... More »

Rand Paul: Eugenics Is a Slippery Slope

The less-perfect could be eliminated through abortion, he warns

(Newser) - Rand Paul was campaigning for Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race today when things got a little weird. He somehow got onto the subject of eugenics while speaking at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, CBS News reports, and theorized that someday, the short, overweight, or not-as-smart among us... More »

N. Carolina Will Pay $10M to Forced Sterilization Victims

First state to compensate eugenics victims

(Newser) - Over a period of 45 years, North Carolina forcibly sterilized 7,600 people it deemed mentally or socially unfit. Now, 39 years since the state's eugenics program ended in 1974, it will finally make reparations, with lawmakers earmarking $10 million to compensate victims, reports the Wall Street Journal . "... More »

The Left's Dirty 20th-Century Secret

Eugenics: once loved by British intellectual lefties

(Newser) - Liberals, it's time to confront the biggest skeleton in your political closet: eugenics. Or so argues Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian . Back in the 1930s and 40s, major figures like George Bernard Shaw and John Maynard Keynes supported eugenics, the notion that disabled and poor people should be prevented... More »

NH Lawmaker: Send Mentally Ill to Siberia

91-year-old Martin Harty supports eugenics, fears overpopulation

(Newser) - A 91-year-old New Hampshire lawmaker said he wished America had its own Siberia to send "defective people" to. Then "the mentally ill, the retarded, people with physical disabilities and drug addictions" could "freeze to death and die and clean up the population,” state representative Martin Harty... More »

'Hotties Only' Dating Site Starts Virtual Sperm Bank

Non-members can use service to get beautiful genes

(Newser) - Controversial dating site —the one that kicked off 5,000 "fatties" for gaining weight over the holidays —has started a "virtual sperm bank" to share the genetic material of its attractive clientele. Both members and non-members can use the new fertility forum to contact... More »

Monkeys Pass Altered Traits to Offspring

Genetic breakthrough will aid disease study, but troubles some

(Newser) - Japanese scientists have produced the first genetically modified monkeys that can pass on their new traits to offspring, a research breakthrough mired in ethical quandaries. The technique is meant to be used to infect monkeys with diseases like Parkinson’s and then test treatments on them, but could eventually be... More »

Amid Outcry, Doc Backs Off Designer Babies

Clinic will only screen embryos for disease, genetic disorders

(Newser) - After backlash from doctors, ethicists, and the public, a fertility clinic that had promised parents the option to choose certain traits for their new babies has changed its claim slightly. “We’re going to limit it to people with genetic diseases because we just cannot keep up with what’... More »

Nazi Doc Linked to Brazil Twin Record

Historian believes Mengele continued quest to create master race

(Newser) - Nazi "Angel of Death" Dr. Josef Mengele may have continued his mission to create a master race after World War II in a small Brazilian town, the Daily Telegraph reports. A historian probing the sadistic Auschwitz doctor's post-war life in Latin America has linked him to the mysteriously high... More »

Dog Breeders Deploy DNA Tests

Genetic screening enables breeders to design dogs to suit their needs

(Newser) - With the first map of a dog genome recently completed, scientists are hot on the trail of  genes for individual canine traits from coat color to cocking their heads in a cutesy way—and dog breeders are right behind them. Without any of the inhibitions attached to eugenics in humans,... More »

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