“That this is going on in the United States — people were blown away by this."This seems like a typical case of projection. While Times readers can get upset about Asian Americans being so misogynist that they're aborting female fetuses, all Americans can go on aborting supposedly imperfect fetuses with little or no scrutiny. In her book, Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier, Masha Gessen suggests that it is this truth about eugenics that we fear the most. Americans already abort nearly all Down syndrome fetuses, but American parents have been aborting fetuses for decades because of the genetic tests that said they would develop into children of below average intelligence (as opposed to retardation) as well as for being little people or deaf. Gessen also points out how American courts have reinforced the eugenicist notion that some lives are not worth living by allowing "wrongful-birth" lawsuits. In these, doctors are sued for allowing a child to be born who "shouldn't have been," usually because of a disability. Courts and medicine work together with contemporary ideas about children as commodities to be invested in with piano lessons and tutoring and the like so their success reflects back on us, all of us. Asian-Americans who select boys over girls and other American parents who refuse to give birth to children who might not be perfect in every way are participating in the largest experiment in eugenics this country has ever seen. To displace the eugenicist impulse of American birth onto Asian-Americans is to ignore the way American medicine has long used eugenics and American parents have long demanded eugenics in their search for the perfect child.