Clarence Thomas: Abortion a Potential "Tool of Eugenics" Supreme Court Will Need to Address Soon

Supreme Court associate justice Clarence Thomas gestures as he speaks during an event at the Library of Congress Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Supreme Court ruled earlier today that an Indiana law passed by former Governor and Current VP Mike Pence would be upheld, that would force abortionists like Planned Parenthood to either bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies. However, one rule they did not decide to touch is one outlawing abortions on the basis of sex, disability, or race.


According to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, he and his colleagues decided not to touch it as they’d need more time to consider it. However, according to The Hill, he noted that abortion does have the strong capability to become a form of eugenics and that the Supreme Court will need to address this problem soon:

Thomas wrote in a lengthy concurring opinion that he agreed that the court should not address the issue now “because further percolation may assist our review of this issue of first impression.”

He added, however, that “[g]iven the potential for abortion to become a tool of eugenic manipulation, the court will soon need to confront the constitutionality of laws like Indiana’s.”

Thomas, the only African-American member of the court, noted the racial discrimination involved in the history of eugenics.

And he claimed that “[f]rom the beginning, birth control and abortion were promoted as means of effectuating eugenics.”

Thomas said that the Supreme Court’s current avoidance of ruling on the law should not be interpreted as agreement with the lower court’s findings and that the time is swiftly approaching for the Supreme Court to tackle the issue of abortion.


“Although the court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever. Having created the constitutional right to an abortion, this court is dutybound to address its scope,” said Thomas.

Thomas is correct in his assumption that abortion can be a swift road to eugenics. In fact, that was its purpose according to the founder of the largest abortion provider in the nation.

Planned Parenthood was started by Margaret Sanger who was a devout eugenicist. According to her, abortion would address what she considered problems in our society during her “My Way to Peace” speech. The process would involve steps.

“The first step would be to control the intake and output on morons, mental defectives, epileptics,” she said.

The second step involved taking those considered to be the dregs of society, and either forcing them into work camps or force them into sterilization if they wish to move about society freely.

“The second step would be to take an inventory of the second group, such as illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope-fiends; classify them in special departments under government medical protection and segregate them on farms and open spaces.”


Sanger also wanted to target the black population in a move called the “negro project” and said that in order to keep it secret that they were being targeted for extermination through birth control, they would use religion.

“The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal,” wrote Sanger to a friend. “We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Indeed, Sanger’s work lives on in Planned Parenthood, who primarily targets poor, black communities.



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