Posted by: Paul | 07/10/2009

“Too Many” What?

Ever heard the line about how a “gaffe” is when a famous person accidentally tells the truth? Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has given us the latest example — and it’s a doozy.

In an interview to be published in The New York Times’ Sunday magazine, what many liberals euphemistically call “reproductive choice” comes up. The reporter asks Ginsburg about Medicaid funding for abortion. She says she was surprised by the Court’s ruling in the 1980 case Harris v. McRae (upholding the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions). Why? “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of,” she adds.

I see. “Populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Who could that be?

Medicaid, of course, is for the poor, and it often goes to those who are, oh, “non-white.” So it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who, exactly, we “don’t want to have too many of.” Why, you’d probably know even if you were “feeble-minded” or a “moron,” to quote someone who helped pioneer what you might call the Ginsburg mindset: Margaret Sanger.

Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is described in her Wikipedia quote page as “an American birth control activist,” and boy, was she ever. But even those who want to applaud her for that must come to terms with her passion for eugenics and its goal of weeding out the “unfit” from society — a movement that reached its logical conclusion in Nazi Germany.

The value of eugenics, Sanger wrote in her 1922 book, “The Pivot of Civilization,” is that it can rid us of “an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.” She deplored charity, saying it “encourages the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste.”

What a sweetheart. There are plenty of other examples — ones that also show what a thoroughgoing racist she was — but you get the idea.

What ought to concern us today, obviously, is that the eugenic framework initially used to advance birth control — and later, legalized abortion — remains with us today. Sure, we use nicer, more indirect language. But no matter how you word it, it still boils down to Sanger’s advice to “unfit” mothers: “Stop breeding these things.”



  1. Right on Paul! I always think of one point with these pro-death activists: At least their mothers found them “fit’ enough to be born into this world. Keep spreading the truth!

  2. Right on Paul! Your blog page is great. No “Don Feder” here. I’ll be checking it out often. Good talking to you today!

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