How things change

Thirty, forty years ago, this (I assume) was a reasonably common view:

Commenting privately on the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe vs Wade, which decriminalised abortion in the US, the then-president said he worried that access to a legal abortion could lead to \”permissiveness\” because \”it breaks the family\” but thought them justified in certain cases.

\”There are times when an abortion is necessary,\” he told his aide Chuck Colson. \”I know that. When you have a black and a white.\” Mr Colson offered that rape might also make an abortion legitimate, prompting Mr Nixon to respond: \”Or a rape.\”

I think I\’m right in saying that many states still had laws against \”miscegenation\”….the marrying across racial divisions.

I\’m not saying that this view of mixed race children was correct, far from it, just that it was common enough.

Now such views are restricted to the lunatic fringe, thankfully.

Things do change, they do change for the better and society isn\’t going to the dogs, far from it.

2 thoughts on “How things change”

  1. No, you are wrong. The Supreme Court decision in Loving vs Virginia in 1967 declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, 6 years before Nixon made these comments. So he was not paying cautious respect to any state law -he was just a good old-fashioned racist.



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