The article "Is Eugenics Coming Back?" addresses the fine line between the Eugenics that society has accepted as horrific and inhumane and the kind that may prevent horrors from happening. It poses questions like, "Is it considered eugenics to genetically test for birth defects and abort sick babies before they are born into a life of suffering?"
The National Institute of Health considers creating a Genetic Testing Registry. All the Genetic Testing Registry suggests to do is to improve access to information about the availability, validity, and usefulness of genetic tests. There is a problem that the Genetic Testing Registry wants to fix. There are so many genetic tests offered but no central source of information about them. That sounds useful and in fact far from eugenics. This would simply help with the accuracy and quality of the different available tests (though the test information would be provided by the different sources). However, no personal information about citizens would be in the Genetic Testing Registry making it unclear why so many people worry that this is the first step towards a future of eugenics.
So many people still distrust genetic research and tests. Others worry that they are trusted too much and therefore will be used excessively to determine everything. The Genetic Alliance's motto is "transforming health through genetics" which some people argue is exactly what eugenics is all about.
Many intellectuals think that what geneticists and the National Institute of Health are doing is clearly eugenics, but since it is now being done on a molecular level and not through breeding, it is going unnoticed. There simply can't be a gene for everything that can be taken out or modified. Thus, many think that those who try are practicing eugenics. Pure and simple.