Rand Paul Warns Eugenics on Horizon Unless Conservatives Stand up Against Abortion Rights

Washington Post, October 28, 2013

Tea party hero Rand Paul warned scientific advancements could lead to eugenics during a Monday visit at Liberty University, looking to boost the political fortunes of fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for governor.

During a visit to the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell, Paul looked to energize conservative supporters by warning that genetic tests could identify those who are predisposed to be short, overweight or less intelligent so that they could be eliminated. {snip}

“In your lifetime, much of your potential–or lack thereof–can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek,” Paul said to a packed sporting arena on Liberty’s campus. “Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”

Some states ran eugenics programs that sterilized those considered defective in the 1900s, though all were abandoned by the 1970s after scientists discredited the idea.

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Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton said genetics is helping doctors identify individuals at greater risk for illness and advising them to get tested earlier. Clinton, a McAuliffe pal who is campaigning with him, said the science is saving lives, not costing them.

“We are now learning things that will help us deal with Alzheimer’s and various kinds of cancers. We’ve already identified the genetic markers that are high predictors of breast cancers,” said Clinton, who as president announced the first map of the human genome.

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