Eugenics Undefended

  title={Eugenics Undefended},
  author={Robert A Wilson},
  journal={Monash Bioethics Review},
My thinking about eugenics for the past decade has drawn both on my experiences in working together with a relatively small number of eugenics survivors in the Canadian province of Alberta, where eugenic sexual sterilization legislation was in place until 1972 (Wilson 2018a), as well as on a broad range of works by historians, biologists, sociologists, philosophers, bioethicists, and journalists. Central to that thinking has been reflection on the contemporary significance of the eugenic past… 

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