Rhetorical Analysis of “The New Eugenics”
George Neumayr is an executive editor of The American Spectator, which is a conservative journal devoted to politics and culture. In 2005, George Neumayr wrote in this journal an article called “The New Eugenics.” In this article, he focuses on the ethical and moral values of aborting a disabled fetus. In his article, George Neumayr uses three strategies to present his argument including giving background information about prenatal screening, gives examples of lawsuits, and how it has become a duty to abort a child with a disability.
In his article “The New Eugenics,” George Neumayr points out that “fewer and fewer disabled infants are born” due to eugenics (649). Neumayr also describes in his article that aborting a baby that is not perfect has become an acceptable and normal behavior due to prenatal screening. The new eugenics allows doctors to determine if the child has Down syndrome or any other kind of disability before the child is born. This also gives the mother the option of abortion if she does not want to have a child with a disability, then, Hillary Clinton states, “she [the mother] should not be forced” to have the disabled child (qtd. in Neumayr 650). In his article, it suggests that Democrats are for this new eugenic in case the parents are not happy with their baby, and “finding out the child is not in the condition that they expected” (651). Once again this emphasizes how Americans want and value the perfect child.
His first rhetorical choice, George Neumayr uses background information about prenatal screening. He describes prenatal screening as “a eugenics designed to weed out the disabled…” (649). By using this strategy, the audience can get a general idea of what prenatal screening is used for. Doctors us prenatal screening “to screen unborn children for disabilities…” (649). In today’s society, it is very common for parents to desire the perfect child. Not only does George Neumayr...