.- A British professorâs call to sterilize by force members of society who would be âinadequate parentsâ prompted criticism from the interim head of Human Life International (HLI), who warned that the view is more mainstream among academics and derives from a society where life is controlled âat our whim.â
Prof. David Marsland told the BBC that âpermanent sterilizationâ is the solution to child neglect or abuse, LifeSiteNews reports.
Attributing abuse and neglect to âa very small minority of inadequate parents,â he said these parents have âa number of moral and mental inadequaciesâ caused by âserious mental defect,â chronic mental illness, drug addiction and alcoholism.
âShort of lifetime incarceration,â he said, the solution is âpermanent sterilization.â
The professorâs response came in a BBC program which reacted to an English local council that wanted to force contraception on a 29-year-old woman. Council members judged her to be incapable of making decisions about childrearing.
Prof. Marsland is Emeritus Scholar of Sociology and Health Sciences at Brunel University, London and Professorial Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Buckingham.
HLI interim president Msgr. Ignatio Barreiro-Carambula denounced the comments on Thursday, saying they show that âno evil is ever fully buried in the past.â
"Every time we think we've seen the last of the Sangerian calls to forcibly sterilize and otherwise do away with the disabled, we are aghast at their return," he said in a Thursday press release. âSangerianâ is a reference to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist who was among the many intellectuals who called for birth control to target racial minorities and other âunfitâ persons.
âOur elites have established a society of contraception and abortion, wherein life itself is just another factor to be controlled at our whim,â the monsignor argued. âThis society in turn creates more and more people who are depersonalized and marginalized, and they think that the answer to this is to simply get rid of the people whose situations we have helped to create? This is insanity."
Msgr. Barreiro also warned that the professor should not be regarded as a fringe character.
"What many people may not realize is how mainstream Prof. Marsland's comments are in the 'progressive' academy,â he commented, charging that supporters of forced sterilization are âdestroyersâ of life.
âOnly a corrupt person could make this barbarity sound so 'reasonable'," he continued. âWe are not fooled. We must all denounce this evil and stop it in its tracks."
He called on Christians and all men of good will in academia to reject the reasoning of the professor and those like him who have âagain gone too far.â
âWe must tell them that we reject the notion that human beings are mere animals that must be controlled by those who think they know better."