The troubling persistence of eugenicist thought in modern America

We no longer talk of "unfit" children, but we'll still destroy them in the name of quality of life

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It's hard to shake the feeling that eugenics can make a comeback. Or that it never really left us.

When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a recent interview to Elle, she let slip a statement that almost sounded like something a 1920s-style eugenicist would say. Talking about the rise of state-level restrictions on abortion, the liberal justice said, "It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people."

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