A Doctor’s House of Horrors and Social Darwinism
One of the things I enjoy about World Magazine are the reviews. Movies, music and books are reviewed in each issue and while I cannot possibly read all the books reviewed the reviews do give me an idea of what’s new and what might I want to read.
Sometimes the reviews just provoke thought. Such was the case with Marvin Olasky’s (World’s Editor in Chief) Darwin and Beyond a review of Paul Johnson’s; A Portrait of Genius, a biography.
Olasky writes; [Darwin was a man] who brilliantly observed micro evolution within species of plants and animals, but reached too far by theorizing macro-evolution that he had not witnessed. And then parenthetically, (Darwin then went too far in theorizing about man-and by doing so provided fodder for racists and anti-Semites.)
Darwin observes micro evolution and makes a significant contribution to science. (changes within a “kind” to use the words of Genesis)
Darwin extrapolates micro evolution to macro evolution. (changes where one kind evolves into another kind such as monkeys to man)
Fans of Darwin extrapolate survival of the fittest to argue for the elimination of certain types of people. (Hitler and the Nazis but certainly not limited to them.)
What is social Darwinism? Definitions differ and some would say that social Darwinism has been discredited usually because of its connection to the Nazi’s but ironically not because of its connection to Margaret Sanger the founder of Planned Parenthood. Here is an online definition of social Darwinism that gives the reader that basic idea.
Gosnell apparently botched more than a few late-term abortions. His victims were primarily minorities and ironically he gave white women a little better care. Some would call that racist. Gosnell had no problem at all making a decision of death, deciding who was unfit to live. Whatever his reasons that is eugenics and social Darwinism applied to the most helpless.
Some pro-abortion activists have been rightly horrified by Gosnell. Why they are horrified can be a variable and have nothing to do with understanding that a fetus is life, regardless of term.
Pro-abortion people do not like being compared to Nazis and I don’t blame them. What I would hope however is that they come to realize by being “for” abortion and the so-called right to choose is akin to granting someone the right to choose who is fit to live and who is not.
We should not be surprised to find other Gosnell’s.