By John F. Di Leo -
When the modern abortion movement first began, a century ago, Planned Parenthood founder and hero Margaret Sanger was quite clear on her belief in the theory of eugenics. She wanted to reduce the numbers of undesirable people in America (you know, all those “other” races and ethnicities), and abortion was the easiest way that sprung to mind. But it didn’t catch on; it was too extreme.
So, when a renewed effort for legalization of abortion really kicked into high gear in the 1960s, it was couched in a mantle of compassion instead.
“Since people will get abortions anyway,” we were told, “the horse is out of that barn, you know… we need to legalize the practice, so that it can be safe, legal, and rare.”
This was the promise: that legalization would protect the mother from the back alley abortionist, that legalization would defend her from the infections and shoddy workmanship and inherent malpractice of so-called doctors who work on the other side of the law.
Since society has already given up on saving the baby, they told us, let’s at least save the mother. It may not be full compassion, whole-hearted compassion, but at least, this distasteful choice is born in compassion, of a sort. At least the Left’s intentions were good.
Or so we were told.