Thursday, June 25, 2009

One from Back Home


WASHINGTON — On Jan. 22, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But the next day, newly released tapes reveal, he privately expressed ambivalence.

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding, “Or a rape.”

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I wonder what Nixon would think about the interracial baby that my Thai wife and I are having in eight months (just kidding, Mom!)

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