Magazine article The Spectator

Science and Conscience

Magazine article The Spectator

Science and Conscience

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Sir: Stephen Pollard's commentary on the opt-out regarding certain medical scientific procedures seems to be an argument for an abandonment of all restrictions ('Why Europe may soon split along religious lines', 4 August). He apparently believes that restrictions hurt the less well-off who could otherwise avail themselves of whatever service science or medicine has to offer.

This is a curious argument as it suggests that all scientific experimentation is beneficial.

Perhaps Pollard might recall the debate over eugenics in the 1920s and how that was developed to validate the Nazi extermination of the handicapped or socially undesirable. Eugenics was supported by many in the scientific community across Europe and North America and it was the 'religious conservatives' for whom Pollard evidently has such little regard who proved its strongest opponents, not the scientific community. …

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