In a recent written opinion, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas discussed his views on abortion, following a recent decision by the Court regarding the issue of race and disability playing a role in abortion procedures.
Thomas stated his belief that “abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation,” and said the concept had been “promoted as means of effectuating eugenics.”
“Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was particularly open about the fact that birth control could be used for eugenic purposes,” noted Thomas, describing his fear that such practices “target specific children with unwanted characteristics.”
The SCOTUS Justice went on to state that “a growing body of evidence suggests that eugenic goals are already being realized through abortion.”
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas thoroughly exposed the eugenics behind abortion during his written opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc.
Earlier today, the Court decided not to take up the question of whether it is constitutional to ban abortions based on the baby’s race, sex or perceived disability. A previous and lower court ruling deemed those restrictions unconstitutional.
“This case highlights the fact that abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation. From the beginning, birth control and abortion were promoted as means of effectuating eugenics. Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was particularly open about the fact that birth control could be used for eugenic purposes. These arguments about the eugenic potential for birth control apply with even greater force to abortion, which can be used to target specific children with unwanted characteristics,” Thomas wrote. “Even after World War II, future Planned Parenthood President Alan Guttmacher and other abortion advocates endorsed abortion for eugenic reasons and promoted it as a means of controlling the population and improving its quality. As explained below, a growing body of evidence suggests that eugenic goals are already being realized through 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,” Thomas continued.
While the Court refused to take up the question of selective abortion, it upheld a law signed by former governor and current Vice President Mike Pence requiring the burial of fetal remains.
“The Vice President sees this as a partial victory, and looks forward to the Supreme Court addressing the issue of discriminatory and selective abortion practices in the future,” a senior White House official released in a statement.
As states across the country pass laws restricting and promoting abortion, even days before birth, it’s a topic that will continue driving news cycles, lawsuits and ultimately, a Supreme Court ruling.