U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas expressed concern about abortion having the “potential for eugenic manipulation” in a concurring opinion.
In an unsigned opinion, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc., upholding a lower court’s decision that concluded that an Indiana law banning abortions on the basis of race, sex, and disability was unconstitutional.
Thomas agreed with the unanimous decision to not take up the appeal, and said he believed that “the court will soon need to confront the constitutionality of laws like Indiana’s” because of “the potential for abortion to become a tool of eugenic manipulation.”
“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,” wrote Thomas.
“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 went on to also cite former Planned Parenthood President Alan Guttmacher, who after World War II “endorsed abortion for eugenic reasons and promoted it as a means of controlling the population and improving its quality.”
“In 1959, for example, Guttmacher explicitly endorsed eugenic reasons for abortion. A. Guttmacher, Babies by Choice or by Chance 186–188 (1959). He explained that ‘the quality of the parents must be taken into account,’ including ‘[f]eeblemindedness,’ and believed that ‘it should be permissible to abort any pregnancy . . . in which there is a strong probability of an abnormal or malformed infant,’” continued Thomas.
Thomas warned that “with today’s prenatal screening tests and other technologies, abortion can easily be used to eliminate children with unwanted characteristics.”
“In Iceland, the abortion rate for children diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero approaches 100%,” he wrote. “Other European countries have similarly high rates, and the rate in the United States is approximately two-thirds.”
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Source: Christian Post