Eugenics Still Alive and Well in 2012
Wouldn't it be great if politicians and other public figures actually told us what they believe rather than talking out of both sides of their mouths?
For example, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg actually did say what she believes about life-ending abortions in July 2009. Justice Ginsburg said:
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.
What the good justice is talking about is called "eugenics." Eugenics is not a happy thought -- it is a movement of extremists who claim that humankind can be improved through selective breeding and sterilization. It is what Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany practiced in the extermination of millions of Jews as they sought to create the "perfect human being."
One of the early advocates of eugenics in the United States was Margaret Sanger, founder of what was to become Planned Parenthood. Sanger believed that birth control, sterilization, and abortion would eliminate disease, crime, and the burden of children born to the socially and eugenically unfit. In December 1921, Sanger said:
Birth Control is thus the entering wedge for the Eugenic educator ... the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit' is admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization[.] ... The most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the overfertility of the mentally and physically defective.
Dottie Lamm, wife of former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm and ardent Planned Parenthood supporter, frequently advances the eugenics cause. In a Denver Post op-ed last year, she said that "population [is] one of the major contributors to climate change and other environmental crises."
According to Lamm, the prediction that the world's current population of 7 billion will reach 9 billion by 2045 is of staggering consequence. She warns readers that "the pressures that an expanding population [will] put on global warming are enormous."
Regrettably, people like Justice Ginsburg, Margaret Sanger, and Dottie Lamm have, up to now, had their way. More than one million abortions are performed in the United States every year. And members of our minority populations are disproportionately targeted by those who promote abortion.
In concert with the Obama administration, Planned Parenthood has used the courts to thwart the will of the people and their elected representatives whenever they reduce or eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. Moreover, the administration has been promoting abortion and hard-selling extreme birth control methods, often to the financial benefit of close allies like Planned Parenthood. This is nothing but a 21st-century attempt to wipe out "undesirables" in the name of eliminating "climate change and other environmental crises."
For the record, Planned Parenthood is responsible for more than one-third of the abortions committed in the United States. One half of Planned Parenthood's annual one billion dollars of revenue as a "non-profit" comes from federal and state taxpayers. And predictably, Planned Parenthood spends about $56 million every year on "public policy" initiatives, such as lobbying for pro-abortion laws and supporting the election of pro-abortion candidates who will continue to fund them and cover their overhead costs.
This election year is no exception. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's CEO, took a leave of absence to campaign full-time for President Obama.
Today, more than one half of Americans say they oppose abortions. Even more Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions. And more and more research links abortion to very serious mental and emotional consequences in women -- as well as to physical problems that complicate later attempts to bear children, and even breast cancer.
That's why radical allies like Justice Ginsburg, Dottie Lamm, and even President Obama are so valuable to Planned Parenthood. These abortion advocates echo Margaret Sanger's words and beliefs in an attempt to foist Nazi-era eugenics on a new generation of Americans. Predicting "undesirables," overpopulation, and inevitable doom, they preach and coerce birth control. And when that birth control inevitably fails, Planned Parenthood is on hand to exterminate the "unwanted" among us via abortion.
As Mother Theresa once said, abortion is "the greatest destroyer of love and peace" in the world. We should all give thanks to God that our fellow Americans are becoming more and more informed on this life-ending issue every day in the realization that every innocent life deserves to be protected, not ended. The more informed they are, the less likely they are to believe the double-talk of abortion activists and the politicians that further their heartbreaking agenda.
Michael J. Norton is a former United States attorney who currently serves as senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Life.