NaturalNews) He admits that his suggestion “sounds blatantly authoritarian,” and that it “violates just about every core value we possess in a free society.” But noted transhumanist author Zoltan Istvan believes that a transnational world government body should have the power to forcibly sterilize anyone “deemed unworthy” of parenthood through the use of an implanted microchip.
In a guest post for Wired magazine online, Istvan wrote that future technology will change everything about the human experience — including how babies are born:
The transhumanist age — where radical science and technology will revolutionise the human being and experience — will eventually bring us indefinite lifespans, cyborgization, cloning, and even ectogenesis, where people use artificial wombs outside of their bodies to raise foetuses.
But, as LifeSiteNews‘ Ben Johnson writes, some experts have seen the writing on the wall:
Constitutional attorney and civil liberties expert John W. Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute, warned LifeSiteNews earlier this year that political officials would long to use this seminal technology.
No different from a driver’s license
And indeed, Istvan says he sees that day approaching. In his Wired post, he writes that his notion first came to him during an informal party, when he heard a tall, blonde obstetrician say, “with 10,000 kids dying everyday around the world from starvation, you’d think we’d put birth control in the water.”
After hearing that — and giving the matter careful thought — Istvan wrote that, in an effort to “give hundreds of millions of future kids a better life, I cautiously endorse the idea of licensing parents.”
That process, he wrote, “would be little different than getting a driver’s license.” Parents would be required to “pass a series of basic tests” in order to “get the green light to get pregnant and raise children.”
Now, “those applicants who are deemed unworthy” for any number of reasons — Istvan lists homelessness, poverty and criminal history among them — “would not be allowed until they could demonstrate they were suitable parents.”
Istvan goes on to question how far governments might go to enforce their birth control mandates.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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