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SEX SELECTION: Guest lecturer Barbara Katz Rothman, professor of sociology, City University of New York, speaks on "Consumer Eugenics: Sex Selection and Beyond" to students and faculty April 26 in Judd Hall. Rothman's talk was sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

 
Students take notes at the Rothman lecture. Rothman says Americans rarely think of their own eugenic history, from racial quotas on immigration to forced sterilizations of people with disabilities. Even less often do they connect that with contemporary medical technologies. But the increasing array of prenatal testing, pre-implantation diagnostic technologies and related developments force us to think about these issues. Whether it is sex selection for 'family balancing' or selective abortion for Down Syndrome, Rothman explained what it means to turn eugenic concerns into individual choices. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)