State Involvement In Healthcare Term Paper

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History Of State Involvement in the Delivery of Health Care Eugenics

Eugenics is the belief and practice that involves the improvement of genetic quality of the human is a science that deals with influences that are able to bring an improvement in inborn qualities of race also with those that develop them to their utmost advantage. There is a considerable difference between goodness in various qualities and in the entire character as a whole. The character largely depends on the proportion that exists between these quantities whose balance can be greatly influenced by education. This is a social philosophy that advocates for the improvement of the human genetic traits by promoting higher reproduction of people that posses' desired traits also termed as positive eugenics and reducing the reproduction of people that posse's undesired ort less desired traits which is negative eugenics. Therefore Eugenics is a social movement that is claiming to bring an improvement in genetic features of the human population through sterilization and selective breeding. This concept is based on the idea that it is possible to differentiate between superior and inferior elements within the society Eugenics as a modern concept was developed originally by Francis Galton.

Francis Galton coined this term as the logical extent of natural selection which was a theory that was initially proposed by Charles Darwin. Through observing the mating habits of animals Darwin drew a parallel line between the selective pairing of particular breeds of animals so as to improve a particular stock and the choice which existed before humanity; breed well or breed ill. This idea was very simple and Darwin took note that the most attractively colored or strongest males were automatically chosen by females to mate with. this was not different with humans whereby attractive women were sought as mates for men and in the same way fittest women went for fittest men in order to marry and have children hence perpetuating their genetic lineage. This concept has its roots in Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States taking place in the 1860s -1870s.The eugenic reviews by Darwin and Galton were received with mixed reactions in America. On one hand the concept of mandatory sterilization, population control and other form of state -- instituted eugenics were appealing to citizens. On the other hand there were some leaders who saw eugenics as a way of transmitting strong, healthy and superior future for their children.

Eugenics movement

The roots of eugenic movement are traced to social Darwinism, social purity, perfectionists and voluntary motherhood. During the first three decades of the 19th century a small but influential scientific / social movement known as eugenics movement emerged from the new science of human genetics that involved a complex set of beliefs that justified the necessity for class and racial hierarchy. This movement also advocated for limitations in political democracy. Eugenicists held the argument that in the United States there was an immediate danger of committing racial suicide due to the rapid reproduction of unfit people together with the precipitous decline in birthrates among those in better classes (Bergman,2000). They came up with a program of positive and negative eugenics as a solution .positive eugenics would encourage the reproduction of racially superior and better educated while a rigorous negative eugenics program would be in place to prevent any increase in racially unfit that included compulsory sterilization, segregation, immigration restriction and laws that would prohibit any interracial marriage .however the Eugenic movement of the


The eugenics movement is not monolithic; conservatives, sex radicals, progressives were all allied within a fundamentally messianic movement that would bring about salvation for the entire nation that was predicted upon scientific notions of ineradicable and innate inequalities that existed between cultural, racial and economic groups. The eugenics movement put forward a consistent and coherent social program in which there was eugenically sterilization, advocacy of anti-immigration and activism of anti-miscegenation all playing crucial roles in the primary goal of eugenicists of the advancement of social control of the small elite. The eugenics movement was therefore a creation of biological scientists, social scientists and other people that had the faith that science could provide a guide towards progress in humans (Bergman,2000). Why many people chose eugenics

The aim of eugenics is to bring as much influences as they can be reasonably employed in order to bring about useful classes within the community to contribute more than their proportion to the generation that come. This practice should bring about a raise in the average quality of the world .the general tone of social, domestic and political life will generally improve .the race as a whole would become less foolish, less excitable, less frivolous and politely more provident as compared to how it is presently. These reasons made the eugenics are chosen by many as they saw the numerous benefits that came with the movement.

Manifestations and influences of eugenics movement in modern day healthcare

Bet everyone has heard of a common statement that stupid people should never be allowed to sure at one point in time you have looked at a couple and said that they are exactly the type of people that ought to be having children since they are smart, loving and kind sure there is also an instance where you have seen someone who had a child and thought that they are the last person in the would to ever have a child. Well all these are examples of eugenics statements that most of us have in mind. There are certain eugenic thoughts today which have an influence in modern day healthcare.

While many people would agree that there only certain types of people that are better placed to have children as compared to others almost no one is willing to take the steps towards ensuring that the people labeled good have kids and those labeled bad do not have kids. However bioethics and eugenics usually have a sordid past. We will look at some of the examples of how eugenics has come into play in modern day healthcare. The first example is sex discernment and PGD (Norrgard,2008).

Pre-implantation and genetic diagnosis usually provide a method through which there can be prenatal sex discernment even before implantation has taken place and might hence be termed as pre-implantation sex discernment or discrimination. Potential applications of this pre-implantation sex discernment might include; a complement to particular gene testing for monogenic disorders that can be useful for some genetic diseases whose presentation is linked to that particular sex. Secondly it can create the ability of preparation for any sex dependent aspects associated with parenting. Sex selection for social reasons is also another application. There are also other considerations such as allowing PGD of females' fetuses is a way of avoiding sex selective infantiocide, sex selective child abandonment, sex selective abortion or even sex selective adoption. Many people support eugenic arguments against making the decision of giving birth to a child that has a genetic disorder, physical disability or cognitive impairment (Norrgard,2008).

Many of those who advocate for the rights of the disabled are critical of PGD and prenatal screening. They normally point out that the definition of disease in this case can be termed as being subjective. Most of them normally advocate and support the rights of women to decide whether or not they would want to have a child at a given [particular time (agnostic abortion) but are critical on their basis of the decision…

Sources Used in Documents:

Norrgard, K.(2008). Human Testing, the Eugenics Movement, and IRBs. Retrieved May 6,2014 from

Galton, F.(2009).Eugenics: its definition, scope, and aims. Retrieved May 6,2014 from

Bergman, J.(2000). A Brief History of the Eugenics Movement . Retrieved May 6, 2014 from

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