Jonah Goldberg has published a snippet of his excellent first book, Liberal Fascism, pertaining to the motivations of the founder of "Planned Parenthood", Margaret Sanger. It was her feeling that abortion should be used to purify the human species by aborting all those "undesirable children", and giving birth only to the desirable ones. To show how morally bankrupt that view is, critics of Sanger and her organization have taken that bit of progressive logic to it's horrifying endpoint:
In 2005 William Bennett, a committed pro-lifer, invoked the Levitt argument in order to denounce eugenic thinking:
"I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose — you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.”
But what's even more amazing about this nightmarish view is the number of Liberals who still agree with it.
Later that same year, the White House received a letter from the Roe v. Wade co-counsel Ron Weddington, urging the new president-elect to rush RU-486 — the morning-after pill — to the market as quickly as possible. Weddington’s argument was refreshingly honest:
[Y]ou can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that. The problem is that their numbers are not only replaced but increased by the birth of millions of babies to people who can’t afford to have babies. There, I’ve said it. It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it, because as liberals who believe in individual rights, we view any program which might treat the disadvantaged as discriminatory, mean-spirited and... well... so Republican.
Conservatives call attention to the horror of the eugenic view, Liberals agree with it, and then try somehow to depict conservatives as bad people.
It's a good piece, and an excellent example of how phenomenal his book sheds light on those parts of liberalism and progressivism that it's current supporters are so unwilling to admit.
A Dark Past:
Contraception, abortion, and the eugenics movement.