Roe v Wade Lawyer: Use Abortion “to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor”
by Hilary White
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The legal watchdog group Judicial Watch has released four-page letter written in January 1993 by Ron Weddington to then president-elect Bill Clinton asking him to use abortion as a tool for “eliminating” the “barely educated, unhealthy, and poor.”
Using terms reminiscent of early 20th century eugenicists, Weddington’s letter has revealed the stark anti-human principles that have always supported the US abortion movement. One quote directly echoes the utilitarian polemicists who called for the elimination of “useless eaters” from pre-war German society. Weddington tells Clinton that the “survival” of US society “depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes.”
The letter was published as part of a larger report by the public interest group titled, “The Clinton RU-486 Files,” showing that the drug was rushed to approval for political reasons by the Clinton administration. The letter was stored in the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Weddington, who along with his wife fought the Roe v Wade case on behalf of the then nascent US abortion lobby, calls on Clinton to expand the abortion philosophy by public propaganda campaigns to “convince” the poor that they should not reproduce.
Saying he was not proposing the government send “federal agents armed with Depo Provera dart guns to the ghetto,” Weddington said Clinton should “use persuasion rather than coercion.” He writes, “You will have to enlist the aid of sports and entertainment stars to counteract the propaganda spread by Church officials seeking parishioners, generals seeking canon fodder and businessmen seeking cheap labour.”
“We don’t need more canon fodder…parishioners…or cheap labour. We don’t need more babies.”
He writes, “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 theÂ birth of millions of babies to people who can’t afford to have babies.”
Admitting the solidarity of this position with the abortion advocating Clintons and the Democrat party in general, Weddington writes, “It’s what we all know is true but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in individual rights, we view any program which might treat the disadvantaged differently as discriminatory, means spirited and…well,…so Republican.”
Waddington quoted statistics showing the numbers of children born to poor women and proposed them as proof of his thesis. He praised the Clintons for waiting until later in life and having only one child saying “That is what sensible people do.”
Weddington suggested means that the government could impose, in a perfect parallel to the government-sponsored sterilization campaigns advocated by Margaret Sanger and her colleagues at the beginning of the 20th century. “Government is going to have to provide vasectomies, tubal ligations and abortion including RU 486,” Weddington writes.
“Even if we make birth control as ubiquitous as sneakers and junk food, there will still be unplanned pregnancies.”
Weddington’s letter shows that little has changed since the early eugenics movement in the US, Canada and Europe. Margaret Sanger, whose views were popular in Europe in the pre-war period, referred to the poor, blacks, European Catholics and immigrants in general as “human weeds” to be herded into government camps for sterilization. She also advocated recruiting religious leaders in the heavily Christian black community to lead the campaign for sterilization of their own flocks.
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