Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon (1969-1974):

Richard Nixon Position on Abortion

Richard Nixon Position on Abortion

On Jan. 22, 1973, when the Supreme Court issued the Roe v Wade decision, Nixon made no public statement.  However, tapes of a private conversation he had the day after reveal some of his thoughts.  He worried out loud that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness” and that it could “break the family.” But he added that there was some need for abortions, like in interracial pregnancies (“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that.  When you have a black and a white or a rape.”)  He added that a teenager who “gets knocked up” would be able to get an abortion for “five dollars.”

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