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Richard Nixon Supported Abortion New Tapes Reveal
LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/23/09 | Peter J. Smith

Posted on 06/23/2009 2:32:36 PM PDT by wagglebee

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Although US President Richard Nixon remained silent on the landmark 1973 Supreme Court rulings that legalized abortion on demand, newly released tapes show the disgraced President actually believed legal abortion was “necessary” in certain cases, such as when the baby was of mixed-race or conceived through rape.

The information has come to light thanks to the Nixon Presidential Library releasing today over 154 hours of tape recordings from the Nixon White House that were recorded in January and February 1973.

Although the quality of the recordings are poor, Nixon and an aide held a conversation recorded on January 23, 1973, discussing that day’s Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

“This in effect shows the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional state laws” on abortion restrictions, Nixon says, adding that any 14-year-old girl who “gets knocked up” would be able to get an abortion for “five dollars.”

“I know that there are times when abortions are necessary. I know that,” Nixon tells an aide, then adding, “When you have a black and a white.”

The aide interrupts, “or for rape,” to which Nixon quickly responds, “or rape." 

However, Nixon and the aide express their reservations for allowing abortion on demand. The aide says it promotes “permissiveness” and “promiscuousness.” Nixon replies that “it breaks the family.”

A chronology of the conversation can be found here

The audio recording containing the Nixon discussion of abortion can be found here



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; nixonlibrary; presidents; proaborts; prolife; richardnixon

1 posted on 06/23/2009 2:32:37 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 06/23/2009 2:33:07 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 06/23/2009 2:33:26 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Memo to self:

If ever thinking about installing secret recording devices in own office, please remember two words, Richard Nixon.

4 posted on 06/23/2009 2:35:09 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: wagglebee

Nixon’s appointee to the Supreme Court, Harry Blackmun wrote the idiotic opinion in Roe v. Wade. John F. Kennedy’s appointee to the Supreme Court, Byron White wrote the brilliant dissent.


5 posted on 06/23/2009 2:36:45 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: wagglebee

Everyone knows Nixon was a RINO on many issues.


6 posted on 06/23/2009 2:37:04 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: wagglebee

That’s disgusting, especially since I’m mixed race (though I’m half Filipino, half-mixed European).


7 posted on 06/23/2009 2:37:24 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Big_Monkey

Why do important people feel the need to record thier conversations?


8 posted on 06/23/2009 2:37:56 PM PDT by Yorlik803 ( If this be treason, then lets make the best of it.)
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To: wagglebee
Nixon was a very flawed individual. He was apparently well in step with the racial and ethnic bigotry of his day.
9 posted on 06/23/2009 2:38:06 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: wagglebee

Richard Nixon also gave us the EPA


10 posted on 06/23/2009 2:38:47 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Pyro7480

Keep this in mind when reading about this ‘revelation’.

“Although the quality of the recordings are poor, “


11 posted on 06/23/2009 2:39:05 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: wagglebee

Richard “We’re all Keynsians” Nixon was the biggest RINO of all. His weak-kneed on-again, off-again management of the Viet Nam war, price controls, abuse of power, etc. paved the way for the horrid Watergate Congress of 1974 and the peanut farmer. He and LBJ did so much to destroy America.


12 posted on 06/23/2009 2:39:13 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Palin Nation = Reagan Country.)
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To: Yorlik803
"Why do important people feel the need to record their conversations?"

Vanity or paranoia, or maybe both.

13 posted on 06/23/2009 2:39:22 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: jmaroneps37

He was actually quite moderate by the standards of the day.


14 posted on 06/23/2009 2:41:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Bigh4u2

The Nixon Library released it!


15 posted on 06/23/2009 2:42:41 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Big_Monkey; Yorlik803

“Why do important people feel the need to record their conversations?”

LBJ had it put in.

They were going to take it out but failed to for some reason.


16 posted on 06/23/2009 2:44:12 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: wagglebee

No different than Margaret Sanger.....disgusting.


17 posted on 06/23/2009 2:45:03 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: rfp1234

I am not sure if this is true, but Nixon reportedly said that he wasn’t really sure if he was a Democrat or a Republican when he decided to run for office (California congressman, IIRC).

Probably his anti-communist credentials made him a more viable Republican, since the liberals of that time (anti-anti-communists as they have been for a long time) really hated him. He was also running against a pinko named Helen Gahagan Douglas.


18 posted on 06/23/2009 2:46:05 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: Pyro7480

Doesn’t matter who released it.

The point that the audio quality is poor leaves the ‘interpretation’ open to question as to what was really said.

He MAY have said ‘black and white’, OR it may be something entirely different.

Of course, knowing Nixon, it probably was. BUT, there’s always the possibility it wasn’t!

uhhhhhh.......ok.....where was I??

:)


19 posted on 06/23/2009 2:47:15 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: wagglebee

So eugenics in the Nixon whitehouse. I’m just shocked. Bigotry and racism seem to find their way into places where it can be hidden for awhile, but the truth has a way of showing up where you least expect it.
There just is no excuse for abortion ever. Rape is not the baby’s fault. Race isn’t either. I don’t understand condoning murder for convenience, or for any other reason. LEAST of all, abortion where every life is innocent.


20 posted on 06/23/2009 2:47:51 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Evil exists, but cannot act without willing participants. Obama participates.)
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To: rfp1234
Everyone knows Nixon was a RINO on many issues.

At the time of his election, the Republican party meant something else. The Margaret Sanger-types and the the then closeted homosexuals were also often Republican. Conservative in Name Only, yes. And definitely in demeanor, which means so much to the voting populace, which is why Perot received so many votes from conservatives.

But just as Democrat meant something else then, so did Republican. Since then a dual realignment occurred, and the rules are different.
21 posted on 06/23/2009 2:47:52 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (we also have the duty to avoid prostituting our Catholic identity by appeals to phony dialogue)
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To: Lou Budvis
I actually voted for McGovern, and did not ever like Nixon. I could not bring myself to vote for him. If I had thought McGovern would have had a chance at winning, I might have been able to force myself to vote for Nixon.

I agree with you. Nixon also took us off the gold standard, and did wage and price freezes. Can you imagine the screaming if a Dim tried to do that?

22 posted on 06/23/2009 2:48:20 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: neocon1984
"I am not sure if this is true, but Nixon reportedly said that he wasn’t really sure if he was a Democrat or a Republican when he decided to run for office (California congressman, IIRC)."

This makes sense. If Eisenhower were alive today, he'd most certainly be a Democrat. I believe that the top marginal rate was the highest it's ever been under the Eisenhower/Nixon regime, at just over 93%. I think it dropped a point or two during their tenure, but that's it.

It was Kennedy who wanted to cut taxes - Oh, how times have changed.

23 posted on 06/23/2009 2:53:28 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: Yorlik803

I would question these tapes....sounds like the left trying to get some mileage out of the recent abortion news. The mixed race comment will be fodder for the current administration


24 posted on 06/23/2009 2:54:26 PM PDT by Archie Bunker on steroids (DHS public enemy #1)
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids
I would question these tapes....sounds like the left trying to get some mileage out of the recent abortion news. The mixed race comment will be fodder for the current administration

That would all make sense, EXCEPT for the fact that it was the Nixon Library that released the tapes.

25 posted on 06/23/2009 2:57:39 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: neocon1984

Nixon was a vindictive opporunist just like 0bama. He was an anti-communist b/c that’s what could get him elected. When in office, however, he pined for detente with the USSR and jumped into the arms of the PRC. No wonder he and Ronald Reagan hated each other.


26 posted on 06/23/2009 2:59:33 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Palin Nation = Reagan Country.)
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To: wagglebee
"...the disgraced President actually believed legal abortion was “necessary” in certain cases, such as when the baby was of mixed-race or conceived through rape..."

And now we have a president who is not only mixed-race but was conceived through an act of statutory rape (his mom was only 17 when she conceived). I guess that's progress.
27 posted on 06/23/2009 3:05:13 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (1st call: Abbas. 1st interview: Al Arabiya. 1st energy decision: halt drilling in UT. Arabs 1st!)
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To: wagglebee

Hear THAT, pro-choicers? You and Nixon have something very special in common. Head for the nearest window or rooftop, and flap your arms wildly on the way down. Good luck.


28 posted on 06/23/2009 3:07:34 PM PDT by joejm65
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To: rfp1234
Nixon was a RINO

You're kidding, right? Abortion was a Republican policy. Read about Kissinger's National Security Memorandum, authored according to Nixon's instructions, in which he declared that Abortion is "vital" to US interests. Then do yourself a favor and get up to speed on the Rockefellers and Bushes who backed Planned Parenthood.

It's one of the sleaziest lies of our political culture that the GOP has any serious interest in human life issues.

29 posted on 06/23/2009 3:12:23 PM PDT by Romulus ("Ira enim viri iustitiam Dei non operatur")
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To: Big_Monkey
If Eisenhower were alive today, he'd most certainly be a Democrat.

During Eisenhower's two terms, he had only a two year window (1953 - 1955) with a Republican majority in both Houses to make major reforms. For various reasons, including WWII debt and the Korean War revenue act, it didn't happen. Tax policy became, instead, a function of economic engineering with competing interests seeking and getting tax favors. In the 1960's tax policy would become a function of social engineering.

Regardless, during Eisenhower's two terms net tax to the Treasury amounted to less than 17% of GDP, a rate that we would drool over today. The nominal rates were high but no one paid them because there were so many deductions and exclusions available.

30 posted on 06/23/2009 3:21:24 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: MARTIAL MONK
"The nominal rates were high but no one paid them because there were so many deductions and exclusions available"

To your point, I also believe that the top marginal threshold was MUCH higher then, than it is now. I believe, and this is from memory FWIW, was around $400K. Of course, now the top marginal threshold is around $300K, and adjusting for inflation, is MUCH MUCH lower than the $400K of Eisenhower's time.

31 posted on 06/23/2009 3:27:58 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: wagglebee

Nixon is DEAD! Deal with it!


32 posted on 06/23/2009 3:44:36 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: advance_copy
Blackman was originally a conservative but changed similar to Kennedy and Souter. Nixon wasn't a conservative. But, his position on abortion is considerably more pro life than it is pro choice.
33 posted on 06/23/2009 3:47:49 PM PDT by MBB1984
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To: cripplecreek

True. He also had to deal with large democrat majorities in Congress. For all of his flaws, I find some admiration that caused the liberals to despise him. I don’t think the left ever got over his attack on Alger Hiss.


34 posted on 06/23/2009 3:54:57 PM PDT by MBB1984
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To: MBB1984; cripplecreek
For all of his flaws, I find some admiration that caused the liberals to despise him. I don’t think the left ever got over his attack on Alger Hiss.

Nixon was great in his early days in Congress, but he went steadily downhill from there. Don't forget, the 'Rat Congress did not give us the EPA, that was all Nixon.

35 posted on 06/23/2009 5:30:01 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Lets not forget that back in the early days of the EPA we did have some real environmental issues that needed to be dealt with.

That’s the problem with these agencies, they last many years beyond their usefullness.


36 posted on 06/23/2009 5:36:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: cripplecreek
Lets not forget that back in the early days of the EPA we did have some real environmental issues that needed to be dealt with.

You're right. But they could have been dealt with under a temporary program within either Interior, Labor or Commerce Departments.

37 posted on 06/23/2009 5:39:15 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Yeah things like that should be dealt with under existing programs or agencies and all new agencies should be up for review every 5 years or so to decide if they should be defunded and dumped.

Can’t wait to see what our new Great Lakes Czar has in store for me.


38 posted on 06/23/2009 5:43:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: wagglebee

Wow. I didn’t know Nixon was such a creep! I am so shocked..... </sarc>


39 posted on 06/23/2009 5:48:54 PM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the ping.


40 posted on 06/23/2009 8:15:59 PM PDT by GOPJ (I'm..opposed to shooting abortionists,but don't believe in imposing my morality on others-Coulter)
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