Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Revival of the American Eugenics Movement

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants to hang on as long as she can in order to preserve or ultra-liberal voice on the court.

“If I resign any time this year, [President Obama] could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. . . [A]nybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided.”

So much for an independent judiciary.

At this point, it’s all about her legacy, and promoting abortion is her stated gift to future generations.

Ginsburg is angered by the 5-4 decision that exempted businesses that have a moral aversion to killing the unborn. It’s bad enough that the State has permitted abortion on demand; it’s another thing to force businesses to pay for it. To this, Ginsburg turned a blind eye in what some have called her “blistering dissent.”

During a recent interview with Elle magazine, Ginsburg promoted her pro-abortion stance, and then said something that struck many pro-lifers as jarringly familiar. “The poor, she reasoned, should have more access to abortions because it ‘makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.” In a July 7, 2009 interview that appeared in the Sunday New York Times, Ginsburg said, “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.”

These are the words of a eugenicist. Margaret Sanger called these products of unfit conceptions “human weeds.”

Don’t think that eugenics is the sole domain of the Nazis. A case can be made that Adolf Hitler imbibed deeply from the waters of the American eugenics movement.

The 1927 Buck v. Bell case written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. comes to mind:

“[T]he Court ruled that a state statute permitting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, including the intellectually disabled, ‘for the protection and health of the state’ did not violate the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The decision was largely seen as an endorsement of negative eugenics—the attempt to improve the human race by eliminating ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.”

Adolf Hitler followed a similar policy. “At the Nuremberg trials after World War II, Nazi doctors explicitly cited Holmes’s opinion in Buck v. Bell as part of their defense.” Edwin Black, author of War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race, points out that Hitler “wrote a fan letter to American eugenic leader Madison Grant calling his race-based eugenics book, The Passing of the Great Race his ‘bible.’”

Edwin Black makes some startling facts available that shed some light on people like Ginsburg:

“But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn’t originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little known, role in the American eugenics movement’s campaign for ethnic cleansing.

“Eugenics was the racist pseudoscience determined to wipe away all human beings deemed ‘unfit,’ preserving only those who conformed to a Nordic stereotype. Elements of the philosophy were enshrined as national policy by forced sterilization and segregation laws, as well as marriage restrictions, enacted in twenty-seven states. In 1909, California became the third state to adopt such laws. Ultimately, eugenics practitioners coercively sterilized some 60,000 Americans, barred the marriage of thousands, forcibly segregated thousands in ‘colonies,’ and persecuted untold numbers in ways we are just learning. Before World War II, nearly half of coercive sterilizations were done in California, and even after the war, the state accounted for a third of all such surgeries.


“Eugenics would have been so much bizarre parlor talk had it not been for extensive financing by corporate philanthropies, specifically the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune. They were all in league with some of America’s most respected scientists hailing from such prestigious universities as Stamford, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. These academicians espoused race theory and race science, and then faked and twisted data to serve eugenics’ racist aims.”

It’s not the KKK or so-called Right Wing fanatics pushing for the elimination of the less desirable. It’s elitists like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Like Justice Holmes before her, she hopes to lay the legal ground work for a hybrid version of racial eugenics hidden behind the legal veneer of the reproductive rights of the poor.

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