Speaking of George Bernard Shaw and eugenics, the question we should all be asking is: Did these ideas – policy ideas about mandatory sterilization and worse, of those considered to be of “no use” – did these ideas survive World War II?
The answer, unfortunately, is yes.
We all thought the controversial abortion case Roe vs. Wade was an argument over rights, but the unexpected truth has come out in a New York Times Magazine interview (https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/magazine/12ginsburg-t.html) with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg (published July 7, 2009), :
“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.”
Regardless of how her perception changed, here was her original perception of the issue and the ideas circulating at the time in elite circles.
She didn’t come up with those views. Those are the real opinions of a class who normally whitewash their active efforts to engineer human society.
So the public misses the point of the abortion debate and possibly a lot of other “debates”, “revolutions” and societal changes that we have lived through that relate to family life and gender roles.
It is clear from this – and statements made by others in power – that the driving motivation for legalizing abortion came from those who run the system, who are targeting those who have less economic value to their system, and who want to reduce the population.
Another reference to Ginsburg’s quote: