Analysis

Are abortion, eugenics, and racism linked? These quotes prove that they are.

Racism in the abortion industry is well known. But it’s more extensive than many people realize. It’s endemic, with horrifying racist ideologies found throughout the industry — among its founders, abortionists, politicians, and more. These are just some of the disturbing quotes showing how racism and eugenics still have a home within the abortion industry today.

1) “We don’t want the 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.” — Margaret Sanger in a letter on her “Negro Project,” written to eugenics proponent Clarence Gamble

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a well-known eugenicist. The documentary “Maafa 21” featured Sanger, along with other eugenicists, arguing that birth control should be put in the drinking water for poor and minority neighborhoods, to keep them from conceiving children.

2) “Don’t put it on the taxpayers, okay? I don’t wish to pay for the baby with my money. I, as a tax payer, 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!” — Abortionist Ron Virmani, in an exchange with a pro-life group outside of his home.

Charlotte abortionist Ron Virmani is notorious for this racist statement, but it’s the least of his troubling behavior. He’s previously been accused of rape, and had his hospital privileges stripped after botching a medical procedure. He is still committing abortions, and in another inflammatory exchange with pro-lifers, he shouted for them to “rape [women] and send them here.”

3) “Frankly I had thought that at the time [Roe v. Wade] was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an interview with the New York Times Magazine

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pro-abortion Supreme Court justice, notoriously made this statement while speaking to Emily Bazelon. The statement about populations we “don’t want to have too many of” was never explained in the interview; Bader Ginsburg didn’t elaborate, and Bazelon didn’t bother to ask for clarification. Yet it’s another example of abortion supporters looking to abortion as a tool to keep certain people from having children.

4) “I’m not about to be the male to tell a woman what to do with her body. She has a right to make a decision herself…. Some kids is unwanted, so you kill ’em now, or kill ’em later. You bring ’em in the world unwanted, unloved, and you send ’em to the electric chair. So you kill ’em now, or kill ’em later. But the bottom line of this is that I think we shouldn’t be making this decision.” — Alabama State Rep. John Rogers in comments on the House floor

Rogers, who is himself Black, is seemingly another abortion advocate that sees Black children who are not wanted by their parents as potential criminals who should be aborted. Rogers never explicitly mentions race, but the facts are that abortion disproportionately affects the Black community, and the prison population is also disproportionately Black. For people like Rogers, the answer to these potential injustices is to allow abortion because otherwise, those babies will have no future other than a pipeline straight to prison.

 

5) “A majority of people in Colorado voted for abortion, I think a majority of people in Michigan are for abortion, I think in both cases, well, certainly in Michigan they will vote for it because they think that what’s going to be aborted generally are the little Black bastards.” — President Richard Nixon in tapes recorded during his presidency; quotes courtesy of Carole Novielli</a<

Nixon was a Republican, but he supported abortion — and particularly for Black women. He had also spoken at times about how he believed abortion was sometimes necessary, giving interracial couples as an example.

6) “Africa’s rapidly growing human population… puts wildlife and habitat under enormous pressure. Urbanisation, infrastructure development, cultivation — all good things in themselves, but they will have a terrible impact unless we begin to plan and to take measures now…. In my lifetime, we have seen global wildlife populations decline by over half. We are going to have to work much harder and think much deeper, if we are to ensure that human beings and the other species of animal with which we share this planet can continue to co-exist. Africa’s rapidly growing human population is predicted to more than double by 2050, a staggering increase of three and a half million people per month.” — Prince William, at a gala dinner benefitting an African wildlife conservation organization.

Prince William is one of many privileged white leaders who has taken it upon himself to push population control in Africa. While Prince William is free to have as many children as he wants, he has no problem at all pushing birth control and abortion on Africans, who he feels are having “too many” children. It may not be intentional racism, but it’s a racist point of view all the same.

See more quotes from Margaret Sanger here, and from one of her board members (Lothrop Stoddard, a Ku Klux Klan member) here.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly attributed the “Negro Project” quote to a letter Sanger wrote to the Ku Klux Klan. This has been corrected to read that the letter was written to Clarence Gamble.

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