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 impossibly ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.
This was said in a hypothetical, thought experiment, manner, and the controversy surrounding it lasted for weeks. Bennett's reputation was never the same. He was referred to as a racist and people claimed he advocated the killing of all black babies. I remember most of the media just having a field day with that statement.
Now, we have this statement from Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?
JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.
Boy those statements sound pretty much the same. Yet, the only places where there is controversy regarding this statement is in the conservative media. That's how the MSM treats abortion. When a conservative says something controversial, it's turned into a front page story for as long as possible. When a liberal does it there is a collective yawn. The reporter that asked the question didn't even follow up with any clarification from Ginsberg.
In fact, this isn't the first abortion supporter to make such a claim. One of its main initial advocates, Margaret Sanger, made a very similar statement to that of Ginsberg.
it is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them. Herein lies the key of civilization. For upon the foundation of an enlightened and voluntary motherhood shall a future civilization emerge.
Those in the pro life side of the philosophical side have always been concerned that abortion would be used as a tool of social engineering. That's exactly what Sanger thought it should be used for, and it's pretty much the same philosophy that Ginsberg espoused in the interview. Of course, outside of a few corners these very controversial and provocative comments have received no attention.