Video: Cecile Richards criticized for praising Nixon, who believed in interracial abortions
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new video produced by black pro-life leaders takes Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to task for her enthusiastic support for Richard Nixon, despite his support for abortion in the case of interracial pregnancies.
Richards has twice lauded Nixon as an model Republican. In 2011 she wrote, “I'm starting to think of the Nixon era as an age of enlightenment.” She made a pitch for Republican support just after the 2012 election, citing Richard Nixon's support for family planning programs.
But the pro-life leaders point out that Nixon's White House tapes recorded the president say in March 1972 that voters in Michigan would vote to legalize abortion “because they think that what's going to be aborted are the little black bastards.”
“A Hell of a lot of people want to control the Negro bastards,” he said just a few days later.
Richards' comments in support of Nixon have drawn the outrage of the black pro-life movement.
“We find blacks are still shackled, supporting an organization that considers aborting 'little black bastards' an age of enlightenment," said Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life.
The policy of abortion-on-demand, Dr. Day Gardner said, has “ushered in a wave of brutal dismemberment and torture culminating in the deaths of more than 55 million babies.” The video estimates the number of black children aborted at 17 million.
The pro-life activists suggested that the racial overtones harken back to the eugenic views of the group's founder, Margaret Sanger.
"For years Planned Parenthood has denied its founder's Negro Project was aimed at controlling the black birth rate," said Catherine Davis. “On November 7, 2012, Cecile Richards finally took the shroud off their secret. In light of this revelation, we call on the Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, one of America's last bastions of racism.”
The 36th president also believed the existence of interracial children justified abortion. On January 23, 1973 – the day after the Roe v. Wade decision – Nixon said, “There are times when an abortion is necessary, I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he said.
After an aide suggested rape, Nixon added, “Or a rape.”
However, President Nixon's support for abortion was far from unqualified. “Abortions encourage permissiveness,” he said in the same converation. “A girl gets knocked up. She doesn't have to worry about the pill anymore. She goes down to the doctor, wants to get an abortion for five dollars, or whatever."
He feared greater access to abortion would promote promiscuity, adding that abortion “breaks the family.”
Nixon's use of the term "ba---ards" in reference to black babies likely refers to those born out of wedlock, rather than its pejorative use. Future U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan had alerted the nation to the problem of family breakdown in the black community in his 1965 repot, The Negro Family: A Case for National Action. The black illegitimacy rate, at the time, was 25 percent. By 2008, the national rate was 41 percent: 29 percent among whites, 53 percent among Hispanics, and 72 percent among blacks.
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President Nixon maintained a belief in “choice” until his death, according to Nixon aide Monica Crowley – but he opposed federal funding for abortion, a tenet of the 2012 Democratic platform.
In her book Nixon in Winter she records the president saying, “A woman should have the right to a legal abortion, but the government should not be in a position to subsidize it.”
Others on the tape changed their minds after reflection – and conversion. According to the Guardian, the aide who suggested rape as an acceptable cause for abortion was Charles Colson. In his 1997 book Burden of Truth, he wrote that giving an unborn children “the death penalty” for the crimes their fathers committed is “neither justice nor mercy.”
“Rape is a horrible crime,” he wrote, “but abortion doesn't reverse it. It only adds death to injury.”
That tape may be heard here. The conversation begins at approximately 12 minutes in.