... when the Supreme Court struck down state criminal abortion laws in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence. Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases, such as interracial pregnancies. “There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”Who knew that Richard Nixon's opinion on the issue of abortion was as "progressive" as Gordie Canuck's?
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
When more than 150 hours of tape and tens of thousands of pages of material from the Nixon administration was made public by the US National Archives, it was revealed that: