This week I read a very disturbing article titled “New prenatal test is bringing eugenics back to Germany,” and I could not help but think of the famous quote from American philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
This month a new prenatal blood test for Down syndrome created by biotech business LifeCodexx was launched in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, and it very possibly may lead to the repeat of mainstream eugenics in German-speaking Europe. The new Prenatal Test is “targeted exclusively toward women in their 12th week of pregnancy and beyond who are at an increased risk” of having a child born with Down syndrome, and the reality of this test is that it places unborn children with Down syndrome at a higher risk of abortion.
“In the near future, the PrenaTest will also be able to identify other chromosomal mutations such as trisomy 13 and 18,” said Dr. Michael Lutz, CEO of LifeCodexx, and the goal seems to be a society free of perceived culturally mandated “imperfections.” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, very strongly criticized the test by stating: “The issue here is artificial selection or eugenics, pure and simple. Is the infernal term ‘life unworthy of life’ going to become reality again?”
The German Down Syndrome Information Centre sums up the issue well and put out this statement: “People with trisomy 21 will, in the long run, be the first people with a different genetic makeup to disappear from our society, and with the tacit approval of the majority.”
Eugenic history in German-speaking Europe is recent and very well archived, and there are survivors who can recount the dark horrors of this movement. During that sinister period of world history the incalculable value of human life was not acknowledged, and this led to the slaughter of millions. Current statistics indicate that 90+ percent of children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome are identified, targeted, and terminated. This new prenatal test will only make it easier to select abortion over life, and it may lead to the extinction of all human beings deemed “defective” by a culture of death.