On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court docket examined restrictive abortion laws in Indiana, specifically a portion of the state’s regulation that forestalls abortion based mostly solely on the fetus’ intercourse, race or incapacity. Whereas the Court docket didn’t subject a ruling on this portion of the regulation (on the grounds it wants to look earlier than different Courts of Attraction), Justice Clarence Thomas penned a multi-page concurring opinion linking abortion to eugenics.
Thomas wrote, “This regulation and different legal guidelines prefer it promote a State’s compelling curiosity in stopping abortion from turning into a instrument of modern-day eugenics. Technological advances have solely heightened the eugenic potential for abortion, as abortion can now be used to remove kids with undesirable traits, corresponding to a specific intercourse or incapacity.”
In a assertion to CNN, a Deliberate Parenthood official stated, “We denounce eugenics in all forms for the same reason we are working to fight abortion bans across the country.”
The late Margaret Sanger, who based the organizations that will change into Deliberate Parenthood, wrote overtly about eugenics. She said she believed “in the sterilization of the feeble-minded, the insane and syphilitic” and stated “there should be no children when either mother or father suffers from such diseases as tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, cancer, epilepsy, insanity, drunkenness and mental disorders.”
Explaining the reasoning for his prolonged opinion, Thomas wrote, “the use of abortion to achieve eugenic goals is not merely hypothetical.” As to why the Supreme Court docket deferred their opinion till extra courts might weigh in, he stated: “Given 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. But because further percolation may assist our review of this issue of first impression, I join the Court in declining to take up the issue now.”