Essay on The Ethics and Morality of Eugenics in Society

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My research revolves around the ethics and morality of eugenics (Science of heredity and good breeding), and whether society should be in favor of influencing genetics in order to create a more favorable genetic pool. This topic interests me because I find great interest in political and cultural issues, and I have always been fascinated by whether eugenics would actually work and if governments should be in support of it. The sources I found were all scientific journals from credible books. I did this to because I needed to gain information on studies that have taken place in the name of eugenics as well as establish that eugenics is high priority within the scientific community.Taking this into consideration, my research question is: Is …show more content…
Also, it will show that we have a semblance of eugenics already within our society that is subtly promoted by politicians. Source 1 and 2 have common ground in that they show how certain groups are being affected by eugenics, with source 1 discussing the disabled and source 2 discussing minorities and the decrease in discrimination.
Source 2 -Eugenics and Economics in the Progressive Era, written by Thomas C. Leonard. This source will be helpful in my essay because it comments on race in the scheme of eugenics which is important to discuss as many are biased in favor of one race or another. This source is credible because it is written by a professor for Princeton University and in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. This source makes 2 claims. 1- The study of genetics and biology has shown that the significance of race and class is negligible when talking about positive and negative genetic traits. 2 - The identification of race and class as a way of identifying desirable traits still exists, but is less common today. This information will be useful in showing that eugenics is not inherently racist and that it will promote an environment of equality within the human race as we become more progressive as a society.
Source 3- Ethical issues in predictive genetic testing: a public health perspective, written by KG Fulda and

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