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The Link Between Scientific Racism and Abortion

Michael Egnor


My friend and fellow pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is speaking out on Planned Parenthood’s siting of abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods:

“Well, maybe I’m not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood. But you know, I know who Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believed in eugenics, and that she was not particularly enamored with black people,” Carson said. “And one of the reasons that you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find way to control that population. And I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger, who founded this place… Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her.”

The modern denial by many scientists — most notably by scientists who espouse a Darwinian worldview — of the basic biological fact that human life begins at fertilization is chillingly analogous to the denial of the full humanity of African-Americans by scientific racists during the late 19th and early 20th century. Such scientific racism and denial of the humanity of children in the womb are a natural inference drawn from Darwin’s theory, which denies human exceptionalism and classifies human beings as mere evolved animals locked in an eternal struggle between the more and less fit.

The National Center for Science Education, a Darwinist public relations firm that supports litigation against educators and students who question Darwinian orthodoxy in public schools, has tried to whitewash the ugly history of scientific racism and its Darwinian roots. Yet the strain of racism and denial of full humanity to children in the womb runs deep in the scientific world to this day: DNA pioneer, Nobel laureate, and staunch Darwinist James Watson resigned his position at Cold Spring Harbor because of his claim that black people are less intelligent than white people, and the NCSE’s Program and Policy Director Joshua Rosenau has on his personal blog drawn moral parallels between unborn children and cancer and has compared the relation between a pregnant mother and her child to the relationship between a host and a parasite.

Dr. Carson points out that the denial of the full humanity of children in the womb and the denial of full humanity of African-Americans are linked, and in an important way are parts of the same project.

Image by SteveStrummer (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Michael Egnor

Senior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence
Michael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.