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Justice Ginsberg

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, last week's New York Times Magazine featured an interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Some of her comments were absolutely astonishing coming from a sitting Supreme Court Justice, but the most disturbing comment came in reference to abortion.

In reference to Roe v. Wade, the infamous Supreme Court case, she said this: ``Frankly, I had thought at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth, and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of.''

I cannot imagine any acceptable context where a serious person could refer to ``populations that we don't want too many of.'' This eugenic way of thinking debases the value of all human life. All people are created equal and deserve the most fundamental right to life no matter what race, religion, or socioeconomic background.

I am shocked that a member of the Supreme Court believes that a compelling reason for the legality of abortion is because our society wants to reduce the growth of specific populations. Justice Ginsburg's comments are an assault and insult to the values of the American people.


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