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By Any Other Name, It’s Still Problematic

Not to pile on here — and not to start a debate that will never end, either — but Derb also writes, “‘Eugenics’ has become such a scare-word that we’ll probably have to re-name the process to avoid all the shrieking and skirt-clutching; but it will be eugenics just the same.”

That’s exactly the strategy some advocates of some life-destroying biotech research are pursuing — to some success, for instance on the cloning front. Confuse people enough as to what you’re talking about and they won’t object, because they won’t know. See the debate over Amendment 2 in Missouri as an example. Or New Jersey before that. Or Massachusetts


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