Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is calling for the issue of abortion to be addressed before it can “become a tool of eugenic manipulation.”
Thomas wrote a concurring opinion on the decision to not review an Indiana law banning abortions based on race, sex, or disability.
The justice wrote in his opinion that “further percolation may assist” a review of the Indiana law and could potentially “promote a state’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.”
He claimed that the court will eventually have to address the issue due to the controversial nature and potential ethical problems.
“Although the court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever,” Thomas wrote. “Having created the constitutional right to an abortion, this court is dutybound to address its scope.”
In his opinion, Thomas also wrote that the Indiana case “highlights the fact that abortion is an act rife with the potential for eugenic manipulation.”
He also cited quotes from Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger as “evidence” that abortion could quickly turn into population control.
“Enshrining a constitutional right to an abortion based solely on the race, sex, or disability of an unborn child, as Planned Parenthood advocates, would constitutionalize the views of the 20th-century eugenics movement,” Thomas said.
European countries were also brought up in his opinion, with Iceland’s abortion rate for Down Syndrome children nearing 100%. Thomas claimed that some of these reasons for having an abortion were having an effect on America as well.
“Some believe that the United States is already experiencing the eugenic effects of abortion,” Thomas said, pointing out that the abortion rate for African American women was 3.5 times the national average for white women.
As IJR Red previously reported, some states are passing laws to restrict abortions, and the issue may be addressed again by the Supreme Court in the near future.