Thursday, July 14, 2011

Repressive procreation law

On July 14 1933 a sterilization law was passed in Nazi Germany, known as Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses(Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring). Any German was a target if they were found to be suffering from a range of perceived hereditary ailments, such as congenital mental deficiency, schizophrenia, manic-depressive insanity, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, blindness, deafness, any severe hereditary deformity or even severe alcoholism. Official pronouncements insisted that these individuals were a drain on the German people, both biologically and financially. The law passed on this day ultimately led to an estimated 400,000 people being involuntarily sterilized in pursuit of this national goal of “racial hygiene,” to eliminate handicapped descendants.Creationists are fond of laying the blame for Nazi eugenics on Charles Darwin. They insist that his materialist argument that humans evolved from animals and his conception of natural selection inspired the Nazis to implement a widespread policy of artificial selection within the Fatherland.

Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring
[Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses]

(1) Any person suffering from a hereditary disease may be rendered incapable of procreation by means of a surgical operation (sterilization), if the experience of medical science shows that it is highly probable that his descendants would suffer from some serious physical or mental hereditary defect.

(2) For the purposes of this law, any person will be considered as hereditarily diseased who is suffering from any one of the following diseases:

(1) Congenital Mental Deficiency
(2) Schizophrenia
(3) Manic-Depressive Insanity
(4) Hereditary Epilepsy
(5) Hereditary Chorea (Huntington’s)
(6) Hereditary Blindness
(7) Hereditary Deafness
(8) Any severe hereditary deformity

(3) Any person suffering from severe alcoholism may be also rendered incapable of procreation.


Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring [Wikipedia]

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