Friday, July 10, 2009

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and “The Populations That We Don’t Want"

Saw this link at Redstate to an article at The New Ledger, where a Justice of the Supreme Court inadvertently reveals an ugly truth about Roe v. Wade and abortion in America.
Sometimes, when it comes to an issue like abortion, people slip up and say what they mean. It’s seldom a point deemed appropriate for public discussion, but on occasion someone will point out that a hugely disproportionate number of abortions are executed upon black and Hispanic children. Occasionally, a pro-life person will even go so far as to wonder whether, for many supporters of legalized abortions, this fact is a feature of the system, not a bug. Supporters of legalized abortion at this point, offended by the idea, will typically recoil in horror at the suggestion, insisting that no responsible supporter of legalized abortion feels that way. Most abortion proponents will then insist that the disproportionate numbers of minority abortions is an unintended (and surely undesirable!) consequence of this nonetheless important social policy.

Thankfully, we have people like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg around to remind us what an insidious lie this is, as she does in this weekend’s New York Times.
Now, here is the actual quote from Justice Ginsburg.
JUSTICE GINSBURG: .....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. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.
So who are the "populations that we don’t want to have too many of"? Is she referring to poor people, or to the minorities who are represented in abortion statistics far in excess of their population ratios.

I wonder if anyone in the press would actually ask her what she meant? Nah, I don't wonder; I know she'll never be asked. The Freudian slip will be swept back under the rug.

But I'll remember.