Disability, Feminism and Eugenics: Who has the right to decide who should or should not inhabit the world?

The subtitle of this paper “who has the right to decide who or who should not inhabit this world” is the rephrasing of a question asked by Hannah Arendt in her book about Adolf Eichmann and the Nazi extermination programme.

Whenever the question of Nazi eugenics is raised in any discussion about ethics and their application to contemporary issues such as the development of recent reproductive technologies, people recoil in horror and accusingly declare: Extremism! That is not relevant to enlightened western democratic health policies and legislative platforms.