Family Planning Australia & Eugenics

19 August 2019

1.8 MINS

Many people are rightly outraged at just how extreme Alex Greenwich’s “Reproductive Rights Bill” is, which will soon be before the NSW Upper House. It allows for abortion up until the day of birth, on the basis of sex selection, and if the child happens to still be born alive, then the withdrawal of all medical assistance. It is quite simply, horrifying.

But one aspect which seems to be completely overlooked is that babies with abnormalities—such as Downs Syndrome or even a cleft lip and palate—will be most at risk. Yes, you read that right. Even for a cleft lip and palate! As Rebecca Weisser writes in The Spectator:

In 2015, 11 pregnancies in the UK were terminated because of a cleft palate, which can be surgically corrected.

However, under Greenwich’s legislation, an abortion can be performed for any reason under twenty-two weeks’ gestation. Just stop and think about that for a second. A woman in NSW can be five and a half months pregnant, and terminate her pregnancy without having to give any reason whatsoever. And while the mother doesn’t have to provide her reasoning, sex selection will also be a factor. As Weisser writes:

… in Victoria, between 2011 and 2015, over 300 girls who would have been born to Indian, Chinese and South East Asian migrants, were aborted after an ultrasound identified their sex.

Now while some might want to argue that it is good that a child with any kind of deformity be terminated before they are born—or that this might also be a helpful strategy in executing toxic masculinity—there is a word that defines a position such as this. It’s called eugenics.

And it’s not without significance that one of the largest abortion providers in our country, Family Planning Australia, was originally called the Racial Improvement Society. Which was then changed to the Racial Hygiene Association in 1928. A title which it kept right up until 1960 when it finally adopted its current (politically-correct) iteration.

However, what a lot of people don’t know is that Lillie Goodisson—the founder of “Family Planning Australia”—was well known for her promotion of eugenics and that “…she advocated the selective breeding of future generations for the elimination of hereditary disease and defects.” Sadly, she would have had no problem at all with the following video:

But is this the sort of society which we really want to become? Where we kill off the weak and only give assistance to the strong? As at the time of African-American slavery, this is a time for the ‘quiet Australians’ to have the courage to speak. To stand up to those who are unable to protect themselves, and to fight for those who are our society’s most vulnerable.

[Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash]

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