Matt C. Abbott
Ginsburg should see 'Maafa 21'; 'Face the Truth 2009'
By Matt C. Abbott
July 12, 2009

From the Catholic League:

    'Catholic League president Bill Donohue says U.S. Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to explain her recent comment on abortion and eugenics:

    'Excerpts of a New York Times Magazine interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which will appear on July 12, include the following quote by the Supreme Court Justice about the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion: "Frankly I had thought that 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."

    'By contrast, consider what Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, said about this subject:

      • 'Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need...We must prevent Multiplication of this bad stock.'

      • 'Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.'

      • 'Today eugenics is suggested by the most diverse minds as the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.'

      • 'We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.'

      • 'We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.'

    'There is another reason why Ginsburg needs to clarify her remark. Before she was seated on the Supreme Court in 1993, she hired 57 law clerks over a period of 13 years. All were white. Now if Antonin Scalia, for example, were associated with her disturbing remark, and if he had never hired a single African American, he already would have been branded a racist. At the very least, Ginsburg should be questioned about her explosive comment.'

Justice Ginsburg should see Maafa 21.

An e-letter from Eric Scheidler, communications director for the Pro-Life Action League (slightly edited):

    'The Pro-Life Action League's annual summer 'Face the Truth' Tour kick[ed] off July 10, and I couldn't be more excited. I hope you'll be able to join me. Check out the itinerary here.

    'One of the reasons I'm looking forward to this year's Tour is the new 'Warning' signs that my assistant Matt [Yonke] and I just picked up. The new signs are industrial strength and won't require someone to hold them like our old ones did. We use these 'Warning' signs to allow passersby, especially those with children, to choose an alternate route if they do not wish to see the League's graphic display.

    'Some hardliners object to the use of such signs, but I think they're important. Not only do they let people opt out, they also show how reasonable and respectful this pro-life ministry really is. But despite the 'Warning' signs, some people will drive by the display anyway, even though they don't want their children to see the pictures. I don't know why they do this, but they do.

    'By far the most common complaint I hear about 'Face the Truth' is that children will become upset when they see graphic abortion images. As a father of eight, I'm very sensitive to this concern, and that's why I've written a careful response to it here.

    'One of the tragedies of abortion is that innocent children cannot be sheltered from the truth that one-third of their brothers and sisters, classmates and friends, have been aborted. Even though some parents object to their kids seeing abortion pictures, others bring their kids along for the Tour. My kids come every year. They feel good about doing something to save babies.

    'In the end, it isn't really the pictures themselves that upset us; it's the reality of abortion they reveal — and what we're doing about it. The culture of death can survive only as long as people can ignore the reality of abortion. 'Face the Truth' changes hearts and minds by bringing that reality into the public square.

    'I hope you can join me for at least part of the tour, and if you can't, I know you'll remember me and the Truth Tour volunteers in your prayers. If you haven't seen the League's 11-minute video on 'Face the Truth' yet, I encourage you to check it out.'

It should be noted that at least two priests active in the right-to-life movement — Fathers Frank Pavone and James Farfaglia — are supportive of the use of graphic abortion signs.

Read Father Pavone's explanation here.

© Matt C. Abbott


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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media, and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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