Richard Nixon on Abortion

by hari on June 25, 2009

The New York Times reported yesterday that amongst the 150 hours of tape just released by the Nixon Presidential Library were revelations about Nixon’s ambivalent view of abortion.

Apparently, (the) Dick was generally against abortion because it would create an environment of “permissiveness” and because “it breaks the family.”

Nixon did make an exception in certain severe situations:

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white…or rape.”

Wow, more reasons to absolutely loathe Richard Nixon.

But Hari, you may argue: “Doesn’t the possibility exist that Nixon was not actually being horribly racist? Perhaps he was, with great foresight, merely finding a way to prevent a contributing factor to the downfall of his party?

No, no…I’m kidding. This is more definitive proof that Richard Nixon was a horrible bigot. We didn’t even cover what he thought of Jews.

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