A look to the future and the unprecedented dilemmas that prenatal testing raises: we can now choose who will be allowed to be members of the next generation. But we are not the first Americans to experience a transformation in conception and childbirth. Ethicists and historians say that to understand the present challenges, we must consider the sometimes shocking treatment of disabled newborns and adults in the past. Many of the primary source documents that are described in this on-air program are available at this site. These materials are mostly found via the Evidence and Community themes in the navigation bar above. All the thematic material is arranged into four chronological periods. This site also contains materials not included in the on-air programs.

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