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Just let the baby die—it’s Darwinism!

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Published: 31 December 2020 (GMT+10)

Originally published in a CMI newsletter, March 2020

We look back at previous generations’ attempts to apply Darwinism to people—eugenics and the Holocaust—with revulsion. Many think that applying ideas like preferential breeding and culling to people is a nasty relic of previous generations, and is unlikely to be repeated. However, modern scientists like Oxford professor Richard Dawkins and ‘bioethicists’ like Peter Singer still stand behind the principles of eugenics. These positions are bad enough when expressed in sterile academic language, but when it filters down to the ‘popular’ level, it reaches new depths of immorality with people suggesting specific children should never have been born or should be left to die. Take this exchange that Dawkins had on Twitter a few years ago.

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IYFNY (questioner): I don’t know what I would do if I were pregnant with a kid with Down Syndrome. Real ethical dilemma.

Dawkins: Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you had the choice.

Aiden M:994 human beings with Down’s Syndrome deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012. Is that civilized?

Dawkins: Yes, it is very civilized. They are fetuses diagnosed before they have human feelings.

Of course, try telling that to the millions of parents who have happy and well-adjusted families that include Down’s Syndrome children.

Does it really filter down to a lay level?

In one case, a man saw a 4-year-old child in a wheelchair due to a rare genetic condition, and began screaming at her and her mother that she was a drain on the healthcare system and should not have been born, leaving the child traumatized.1 In another case, a family was raising money for their ill infant son’s medical treatment only to receive the response, “Stop asking for money. Let the baby die. It’s called Darwinism. Happy Holidays.”2

This sort of reaction to ‘imperfect’ children would have been unthinkable in previous generations. The value society has historically placed on human life has ensured that disabled children were valued and the community would go out of their way to help the child and his or her family. However, there are several modern ideas and trends that have contributed to this, with the promotion of the theory of evolution unquestionably the greatest. Under the guise of ‘science’, this brainwashing has caused many to view fellow human beings as nothing more than evolved animals.

The cost?

The idea of utilitarianism assigns value to individuals based on their usefulness to society. If a disabled child will impose costs on the community with a diminished ability to contribute (and by ‘contribute’, they normally mean economically), then the child is not valuable. And legalized abortion has further reinforced the idea that ending an ‘inconvenient’ life is an acceptable solution. But utilitarians are not content with stopping with killing in the womb, so they are also fighting for acceptance of euthanasia and assisted suicide.3

Biblical creation is the answer

Historically, the truth that we are created in the image of God has been the foundation of assigning worth to every human life, from conception, to caring for the sick and hungry up to natural death. But if we are just evolved animals, it’s no worse to preferentially breed and cull humans than cows—and perhaps it’s irresponsible not to! And if our worth is reducible to how much we can contribute to society, then we begin to wonder how much it is worth keeping people alive who ‘take’ more than they contribute.

It would be easy to despair when reading reports like this, and sometimes it feels like the challenges to reverse this type of thinking are insurmountable. But that is not the case. Maybe it is true that not everyone will be convinced, but that doesn’t matter. It’s about reaching people within our own sphere of influence one at a time. And education, or should we say ‘re-education’, is a key. Most people have only ever heard one side of the story, and the truth does indeed set people free. Our friend Tom De Rosa has written about the filter-down-effects of the Darwinian world view in a book (and DVD that CMI published) called Evolution’s Fatal Fruit: The results of a godless philosophy. In review, the late pastor and apologist Dr D. James Kennedy wrote:

“This … deals an absolutely devastating blow to evolution by showing just how much damage this flawed theory has caused to our world. If you or anyone you know believes evolution is just a harmless idea about origins, this book/[DVD] is a must.”

If we want to undermine the pernicious trend to demean the value of human life, we can only do so from the Bible’s foundation of creation. Please remember that CMI exists to make sharing this information easy by providing resources that directly tackle evolutionary ideas and also present the Gospel, which is the only way to transform lives.

One great way to share this information is with Creation magazine. After you and your family read the magazine, consider giving it away so someone else can benefit!

References and notes

  1. Dourou, S., Girl, 4, in wheelchair told she’s a ‘drain on society’ and shouldn’t be alive; metro.co.uk, 24 October 2019. Return to text.
  2. Wallace, D., ‘Let the baby die’ signs target family with sick infant: report; foxnews.com, 19 November 2019. Return to text.
  3. Can we choose our end? Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

Ian B.
I saw the film,Soylent Green,starring Charleton Heston,when it first came out,and how bodies were recycled in order to make food for the population,and the hero's friend,who went to a euthanasia centre when he felt useless.I have often thought that the film was very prophetic in it's theme.I wonder if Richard Dawkins,would do the same when he becomes useless to society?
Gary Bates
Very true. See this old article Of lettuces and cow-humans.
John P.
Downs Syndrome people really are kinder, more empathic and loving than many others including the "Dawk"-Dawkins. It is part of their nature to be so. I've known several Down Syndrome people in my time. In my opinion abortion is legalized murder-baby killers (and interestingly one of the proposers of an extreme abortion to birth in Sth Australia didn't like reference to baby killers in some of our petitions against this law) Euthanasia is likewise state legalised murder.Some of these people on meeting their Maker might wish they really did have a millstone hung around their necks if they do not repent.
Margaret P.
I have fostered Down Syndrome people for over 27 years. While they are all individuals, there is no malice in their nature whatsoever, they love you unconditionally, are quick to forgive and never hold a grudge. In fact, a bit like our Creator.
While there can be challenges, I always think you have to be pretty lucky to be a parent to a Down Syndrome person.
Poor Richard Dawkins, he just doesn't get it.
Z Z.
People who believe in evolution do not necessarily support eugenics. Some may be misguided and ungodly, but most simply believe in Darwin's research on the Galapagos that illustrated links between different species that could most easily be explained by evolution. 'Survival of the fittest' simply means that organisms which are more suited to their environment will be more likely to pass on their genetic information to the next generation. Those who use this as an excuse to 'select' for 'perfect' humans are simply evil, using science to justify murder.
Also, the fact that humans are seen as valuable only based upon their contribution to the economic well being of a society is capitalism at its worst. Valuing profit over people is disgusting and unholy. Follow the Word of God, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Those who would put the life of any human -disabled, healthy, old, young- after their own wealth should be ashamed. Read Matthew 19:24, and know that the greedy and the rich have as much chance of entering heaven as a camel has the chance of passing through the eye of a needle.
Yes, I believe in science, and I want money, but money and science will NEVER be more valuable than God or a human life.
Lita Cosner
The only reason some evolutionists do not support eugenics is because Western civilization values human life because of Christianity. More recently, the Holocaust shows us what eliminating 'undesirable humans' looks like, as well as the forced sterilizations in 20th century America and evolutionists are rightly afraid of being compared to Hitler. However, several leading evolutionists embrace a philosophy called utilitarianism, including Richard Dawkins, and some of the conclusions of eugenics and utilitarianism are eerily similar. Human value based on contribution is at the heart of utilitarianism, while capitalist societies are also among the most charitable because they also tend to be Christian (capitalism is an outgrowth of the belief in private property which we derive from biblical principles).
See Is Human Life Special?
Juergen S.
When my wife was pregnant with our oldest son, the doctor told her that, based on a brain scan, the boy might have Down syndrome. We were sent to another doctor with a better scanner. I saw the scan myself, it was not usual. The doctor asked if we wanted to abort the boy or have another but now invasive check done. We refused and stopped going to the doctor. My son was born, perfectly healthy. He is now studying medicine. A few years later a colleague approached me, asking what to do after his wife was diagnosed with carrying a baby with Down syndrome. They already had done the invasive check. I told him not to worry, the child would be healthy. Later asked myself, what I had said and was waiting for the kid to be born. Then, finally a healthy boy was born. How many healthy children are aborted due to false Down diagnoses?
Nicholas S.
My wife had worked for a number of years in education for Down’s Syndrome children and other children with disabilities. She said many of the children were loving, kind and empathetic. Obviously more loving, kind and empathetic than many of the other people in this world. 1 John 4:8.
Terry D P.
I’m reminded of the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis, when God asked Cain: Where is your brother?
Ever since, God has been putting that same question to the whole of mankind.
God’s answers his question: Love one another as I have loved you.
Richard A.
The depths of human depravity have yet to be reached, but I suspect they are truly unfathomable
Nick M.
I pray for Richard Dawkins, and for all the lost out there. Unbelievers may try and minimize the Christian faith as just a silly fable to live in where we talk with our "man in the sky", but as this article shows, lack of faith in God is what leads to horrible atrocities being committed by humans both then and now. Jesus truly does make all the difference in the world. Thanks for posting this!
John C.
'And if our worth is reducible to how much we can contribute to society, then we begin to wonder how much it is worth keeping people alive who ‘take’ more than they contribute.'

Actually, this description is apt for every human life from the birth to whenever they begin to function in an adult society. Even then, someone must artificially make the decision on what exactly a ‘contribution’ is. A timely, concise editorial on the condition of our society. May God bless you with your continued work to help everyone see the value of life as 'Imago Dei'.
Dan M.
Richard Dawkins is just a product of the age we are in. We are in the days of, the "beginning of sorrows" as described by Jesus in Mathew chapter 24. There will be lawlessness and the love of many will grow cold, (Mat 24:12). But don't be discouraged, he who endures to the end will be saved, (Mat 24:13). Yes, abortion, lawlessness, hate, selfishness, and the like are an abomination to the Lord, (Pro 6:16-19) but we should not be surprised by these things because Jesus taught that this would be the case in the days leading up to the great tribulation. To my mind, no matter who became president this year, I still want to go home because this world with all its perversion, hate, intolerance, and violence deeply disturbs me, (I also once fell short). Come get us out of here Lord!
When He speaks of the last days, I wonder if it includes the last 100-200 years or so? The twentieth century was violent beyond any before it and it surely seemed devoid of love to me with all its war and genocide. We tend to measure things according to our short existence life span (~70 years). 100-200 years is nothing to He who is timeless, is my point. We are so close to going to our real home it makes my hair stand on end. Let's preach His word and get that last person saved so the Father says, Go get your bride! Keep your lamps full of oil! be ready! Then let the wedding feast begin! A pastor I listen to recently stated, be considerate, get saved, you might be the one holding us all up from going home? I can't wait! Maranatha!
Bill P.
I saw a young woman a few months ago (when many gathered to honor the SCJ Ruth Ginsburg) screaming at the top of her lungs about her fear that abortion would now be against the law & saying she wished her parents had aborted her so she wouldn't be alive to see this happen. I remember the look on her face & it reminded me of a look Hitler would get on his face when giving one of his many speeches about killing those who didn't meet the standards of Aryan people. One day people who believe like Dawkins might walk up to him & tell him he is old, is now a burden on society, & it's time for him to go. Even if that doesn't happen they will still face a Righteous GOD who says: "Vengeance is mine says The Lord, I will repay". Yet even in the midst of HIS wrath The Lord remembers HIS mercy. I know this to be true from the many examples in HIS Word throughout history where HE had mercy on the wicked who repented. Even the example in my own life a man who sinned against GOD many many times even on my best day. I don't see a great revival coming w/so much of the world being deceived now, even while "The Restrainer" is still restraining hell from being unleashed on this earth. Yet The Lord still has mercy & saves the individual who repents & calls on HIM to be saved no matter what sin they've committed against HIM, w/one exception, the sin of unbelief, those who reject "The Love of The Truth" & refuse to repent. Last but not least I take great comfort in knowing there are countless numbers who stand before The Lord even now who are greatly rejoicing that they are w/HIM, & not living in a world that does not want them. Keep telling the truth CMI while it can still be told. Sadly I see a day not far off where this earth will stop you people from sharing the truth of GOD.
Giancarlo B.
These eugenicists and utilitarian murderers should be put in jail, tbh.
Robert R.
Buying a car is a drain on a family!! Ban all cars!! Paying rent is a drain; everyone must live on the streets!! It's called being morally and financially responsible.
Chris D.
Cities like San Francisco and LA in Califonia have burgeoning homeless populations that are a considerable cost to the city budgets. I wonder why Dawkins and his ilk don't suggest euthanizing them? It would be entirely consistent with their worldview.
Andres M.
Tristemente ,en argentina legalizaron el aborto. [Sadly, in Argentina they legalized abortion.]
Gary Bates
Si, lo ví. Bienvenidos al desafortunado club de naciones donde está legal. [Yes, I saw that. Welcome to the unfortunate club of nations where it is legal.]
Richard G.
Professor Dawkins has a nice name the same as mine! But so do Lita and Gary have nice names and nice work helping benighted souls find eternal life. In Prof Dawkins' case, I hope he changes his mind (i.e. repents). There is hope. Note how the Bible kindly offers us this hope in Acts 2:17 " In the last days, says God, "I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh...and it shall be that whoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved." What a sinner Richard is, but what a chance he has for salvation!!

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