Alfie Evans gets caught in the middle of a century-long clash of creeds

eugenicsWho should have control over your kids, you or the state? The debate rages today. It builds with each passing week. Little Alfie Evans and his parents got caught in the crosshairs of this century-long eugenics clash of creeds.

Margaret Sanger’s creed is alive and well.

Make no mistake, the eugenics movement promoted by Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood’s founder, is alive and well, even though its “brand” has been discredited.

Alfie Evans

Alfie Evans

To bring you up to speed, Alfie Evans is a 23 month old boy with a mysterious disease that has rendered him comatose. The Great Britain government-run health service took him off life support against his parents’ wishes. They said his malady is hopeless, and that he has most likely suffered brain damage.

His folks sued and lost. Other countries have offered to take Alfie and care for him. The Brits’ government says ‘no,’ that they control Alfie’s fate. They decided to override the parents and let the boy die because his cause is hopeless in their view.

Hopelessness defines eugenics.

Wikipedia defines eugenics as “a set of beliefs and practices that aims at improving the genetic quality of a human population.” It views the “potential” of certain groups as being beyond hope, and calls on state intervention to reduce these undesirable populations.

Little Alfie Evans is a member of such an undesirable population, just as the Jews were to the Nazi eugenicists who exterminated six million of them in the name of “improving” the genetic quality of the human population.

Let’s prune “undesirables” from our population.

Most Americans are oblivious to Margaret Sanger’s advocacy of eugenics, and even more, her call for the state to proactively prune these “undesirables” from our population.

Said Sanger:

“Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.”

She wanted our Congress to solve these “population problems” by appointing a “Parliament of Population,” as she spelled out in her essay, “A Plan for Peace.” It appeared in the Birth Control Review in April of 1932:

“Directors representing the various branches of science [in the Parliament would] … direct and control the population through birth rates and immigration, and direct its distribution over the country according to national needs consistent with taste, fitness and interest of the individuals.”

A call for state-coerced sterilization.

In 1934, she crafted a law calling for state-coerced sterilization of those she considered unfit to bear children. If they refused, they faced internment in concentration camps:

“Feeble-minded persons, habitual congenital criminals, those afflicted with inheritable disease, and others found biologically unfit by authorities qualified to judge should be sterilized or, in cases of doubt, should be so isolated as to prevent the perpetuation of their afflictions by breeding.” 

Ultimately, her creed calls for state control over the Alfie Evans of the world and over parents who breed these “defectives” for the sake of …

“… the release and cultivation of the better racial elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extirpation of defective stocks, those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”

G.K. Chesterton pushed back.

Margaret Sanger promoted her eugenics creed beginning in the early 20th century. British writer, G.K. Chesterton, was one of the few voices pushing back against what he realized was a dangerous movement. Chesterton saw it as the ultimate contradiction to the American experiment:

Eugenics is “a denial of the Declaration of Independence. It urges that so far from all men being born equal, numbers of them ought not to be born at all.”

This clash of creeds roils today with a growing fury.  Iowans for Life takes on the subject at our next fundraising banquet. On October 24th, we will present:


“An evening with Margaret Sanger, Ayn Rand, and St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moderated by G.K. Chesterton”

clash of creedsYou will be entertained, shocked, thrilled, enraged, tickled, and thoroughly engaged by this dramatic presentation using the actual words of these great thinkers from the 20th century.

Competing creeds vie for dominance here in America as well as Europe. Do you know what is going on?

You will once you’ve attended “A Clash of Creeds” on October 24th at Prairie Meadows.

Reserve your table of 8 today ($500). Tables are very limited. Prices go up to to $600 on June 15th.

In the meantime, pray for little Alfie Evans and his parents. They are the latest victims of a eugenics mindset at odds with individual liberty.

[Iowans for Life promotes respect for the dignity of human life from fertilization to natural death. We depend on donations to grow our educational outreach. We humbly ask for your financial support. One of the best ways: attend our banquet.]