Nixon Was For Abortion in Cases of Rape or Interracial Pregnancies

From the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing abortion 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 — like interracial pregnancies, he said.

“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.”

BTW, this is why I’m in an interracial marriage. We’ll always have a choice…


  1. Not to defend him or anything, but at the time interracial relationships were taboo, and oftentimes the girl would be ostracized from her family and the community if she got pregnant and had a baby by a man of another race. It could be Nixon was referring to the need by some women at the time to prevent ostracization through abortion. That’s reprehensible to think about, but it was a completely different time 40 years ago. Thankfully things have changed.

  2. that was 35 years ago. as a pro-choice, adopted “interracial” individual that was concieved (most likely literally) three months after that statement was uttered, I have to reiterate my disdain for taboos and scared politicians that still exist without permissiveness.

  3. Classy, C.

    Sara, tricky Dick obviously ranks miscegenation as a greater evil than abortion on his scale of moral corruption, but wouldn’t the woman in question be ostracized for either sin?

  4. I don’t know if anyone else saw the same advertisement under this blog entry. It was a link to pro-life swag. Well done, google ads, well done.

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