[Marxism] FDR on Puerto Rican birth rates

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 21 12:48:29 MST 2012


Political support was also growing outside the South. The motivation for 
this can be seen in the different attitudes toward birth control held by 
the two Roosevelts (distant cousins) who have been President. In 1905 
Theodore Roosevelt, a Progressive Republican, alarmed feminists by 
blasting birth control as "criminal against the race." Almost exactly 
forty years later, in March of 1945, Franklin Roosevelt, a liberal 
Democrat, expressed a far different view, though one with the same goal 
in mind. The historian Christopher Thorne described it this way:

	    Subjects to do with breeding and race seem, indeed, to
	    have held a certain fascination for the President...
	    Roosevelt felt it in order to talk, jokingly, of dealing
	    with Puerto Rico's excessive birth rate by employing,
	    in his own words, "the methods which Hitler used
	    effectively." He said to Charles Taussig and William
	    Hassett, as the former recorded it, "that it is all very
	    simple and painless. You have people pass through a
	    narrow passage and then there is a brrrrr of an electrical
	    apparatus. They stay there for twenty seconds and from
	    then on they are sterile."[29]

full: http://www.ewtn.com/library/prolife/pphistry.txt




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