The abortion movement: spot the theme

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and a leader in the U.S. eugenics movement (click here to read about eugenics in N.C. and here to sample eugenics literature), discussing Planned Parenthood’s “Negro Project”:

[We propose to] hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.

Ron Weddington, co-counsel on Roe v. Wade, in a letter to then-Pres.-elect Bill Clinton:

You can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that. The problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to people who can’t afford to have babies.

There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true….

We lost a lot of ground during the Reagan-Bush religious orgy. We don’t have a lot of time left. …

The biblical exhortation to “be fruitful and multiply” was directed toward a small tribe, surrounded by enemies. We are long past that. Our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need more poor babies.

Abortion doctor Ron Virmani, active Democratic donor, confronted by pro-life activists:

I as a taxpayer do not wish to pay for those babies, to be born and brought up and kill those people in Colorado. Go ahead and pay for them. Let me see you adopt one of those ugly black babies.

Jon Sanders / Director of Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...

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    Jon, there is no “abortion movement.” There are only people who realize that abortion has been with us since the begininning of time and instead of burying our heads in the sand, we as society accept the fact that if it is going to happen anyway, we should at least regulate it.

    Second, you seem like a relatively educated man. Do try to fact check what you write.

    For example, your first quote about Margaret Sanger has been disproven and debunked a million times over. Why contiunue to perpertuate what you know is a lie?

    Making something illegal—in this case abortion—is not a solution to stopping the behavior. Just look a the war on drugs.

    If you really, really care about unborn children, then direct your energies to helping women have successful pregnancies. And push for more welfare.

    My god. Since when did this blog become a propaganda machine instead of a legit promoter of libertarian ideas?

    John Locke would be ashamed.