Science, Conscience, and Public Policy

Historical Reflections on Controversial Reproductive Issues
  • John M. Eyler
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


We follow these students and learn about the activities in this strange institution in the year After Ford 632. Future citizens, we discover, are conceived, gestated, and conditioned in vitro. Sperm and ova are carefully selected, using criteria determined by the Social Predestination Department. The upper castes, Alphas and Betas, are produced individually. Lower castes, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons, are mass-produced. To produce the nearly anonymous drones of society, each fertilized ovum of lower-class stock is subjected to the “Bokanovsky Process,” causing it to bud. The result is as many as 96 identical embryos. Environmental and chemical manipulation during gestation, and behavioral modification and extensive use of hypnopedia (or sleep-teaching), after birth, produce citizens perfectly suited, both physically and psychologically, to their preordained places. Resentment, dissent, and fundamental questioning have become impossible. Even prejudices are state-selected and implanted. Community, Identity, and Stability have indeed been achieved.


Human Reproduction Abortion Service Lower Caste Eugenic Movement Birth Control Information 
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