Oct. 28, 2013
Senator Rand Paul is warning that scientific advancements could allow the government practice eugenics.
The senator from Kentucky joined fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli for a campaign stop Monday at Liberty University, the Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. Paul says a swab inside a cheek or prenatal test could predict an individual's potential based on DNA. He says that might allow government to "select out the imperfect among us" through abortion.
Some states ran eugenics programs that sterilized those considered defective in the 1900s, though all were abandoned by the 1970s after scientists discredited the idea.