Sep 24, 2009

Three generations of imbeciles are enough

The fourth child of Wioletta Woźna (42) has been taken away from her after social workers declare, that "the house is untidy, the floor is not swept, the dishes dirty, crumbs of bread on the table, the woman is unresourceful, her partner works in the field and doesn't help her much. The court states, that the woman is handicapped, and the father is 63 year old".

The story (in Polish) here;

However, there's something more: after coming back from hospital, the woman discovers, she had been sterilized without her consent during the cesarean. Read the article (in English) here (please note, she was not a surrogate mother, as the article states, but that is not important).

This happened a couple of weeks ago in Poland. It was just one of many cases of women, whose children were taken away from them on grounds of their low IQ. See for instance these two articles:

Mother fights claims she is 'too stupid' to bring up child

Second mother 'too stupid to raise her children'

And the famous case, that started all that: Carrie Buck.

Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote in 1927:

We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. [...] Three generations of imbeciles are enough. (source)

More about the case in this article by Stephen Jay Gould

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