We was smart back then
I won't go into all the details, but basically, at one point in our country's life (the early 20th century), we as a people thought it was wise and good that those with "undesirable traits" should be forceably sterilized by government edict. Read here for more details.
IMHO, forced sterilization is not right, no matter what the greater good is. I agree that some people should not have babies (druggies, instability, etc), but I don't think it's the government's position to force people into the hospital/clinic. They should make that decision for themselves, with help from their families and friends.
Now, why is this issue not brought up today? Why is it not discussed?
Liberals/progressives were behind the compulsory sterilization programs, as well as Eugenics. They thought they knew best who should and who should not breed and reproduce at the time. Who runs the media? The liberals/progressives, in spite of Mango's statements about Fox News.
And when Eugenics fell out of favor when the Nazis were found to practice this on their citizens, liberals/progressives had to find a new way to save the human race...abortion. Planned Parenthood, anyone?
The point is: At any given time in history, we consider ourselves to be at the zenith of human development, that we knew more than we'd ever known, and therefore we have the right, nay, the obligation to mankind, to make laws and rules that shape and mold us into a "glorified" race/species.
We will NEVER be at a point where we know so much that we can play God. We will never know His insight, His understanding, so that we can emulate 100% His motivation. Why bother? His guidelines are already in print, in the Bible. Why not follow them and leave "playing God" to God Himself?
I'm not trying to rant or force religion "down your throat". I am simply pointing out that we humans think we is smart, when really, we is pretty dumb.