Dear Politicians: There Is No Such Thing As a “Recreational Abortion”


When it comes to fighting for the right for women to decide when they want to remain pregnant, our opponents often try to frame the debate as one of fickle pregnant women aborting for frivolous reasons. But it’s even more harmful when our allies fall into the same rhetorical trap.

Discussing the likelihood that Iowa Republicans will once more come after the state’s Medicaid coverage of abortions in the cases of rape, incest, and the life of the pregnant person, Iowa Democrat Jack Hatch tells the Associated Press that the Republicans will be unsuccessful, noting that these are “medically-needed” abortions versus “recreational abortions.”

Recreational abortions?

As someone who has had a dilation and curettage (D&C), I can firmly state that whatever the circumstances, it was by no means “fun,” a term most people would be inclined to associate with “recreational activities.” Recreational activities are done in your spare time. They are hobbies. They are enjoyable. They are none of the things that would be associated with ending a pregnancy, and to use the term implies a flippant nature to a woman’s life decisions and we already have enough of that from  anti-choice politicians… we don’t need more from those supposedly supporting us.

Abortions are the result of a decision to terminate a pregnancy after weighing one’s life circumstance and deciding, whether because of financial circumstances, current family situation, health concerns, or future aspirations, that a specific pregnancy is untenable and that the benefits of ending the pregnancy far outweigh those of bearing a child. It doesn’t matter whether this is because of medical issues, financial issues, sexual assault, or other personal reasons, the “necessary” versus “recreational” mentality is no more valid than the “good abortion/bad abortion” juxtaposition.

The choice to terminate is not a frivolous decision. Abortions are not “recreational” regardless of the reason behind them. We hope that our allies understand that and support the women who do so, for whatever reason they choose.

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  • Maryanna Price

    I absolutely agree, of course, but I also caution us not to use the deeply-personal-difficult-after-much-prayer tack in describing abortion. I know with certainty that I do not want children and any pregnancy I face will be terminated as soon as possible without thought, prayer or grief. It would be an easy decision for me and for millions of other women who would choose to terminate. It wouldn’t be ‘recreational,’ of course, but it wouldn’t take any time at all for me to take action. And that’s okay; women shouldn’t have to go through a penitence chacha to justify having bodily autonomy.

    • Marlowe53

      No one is telling you how to feel about having an abortion but you are claiming to know how millions of other women feel about it. I became pregnant the year after Roe was decided and I had an abortion. I was told that I should not feel anything but relief which I did feel. But I had a lot of other feelings that no one would discuss with me. Those feelings created a lot of poison in my body and contributed to later physical and emotional illness. I remain vehemently pro-choice but I think it’s just as wrong for you to tell women and girls who have an abortion that they will feel nothing but relief as it would be would for me to tell others that their experience would mimic mine.

      • Maryanna Price

        Millions of women are women like me who would abort without a second thought. Millions of other women are women who would need more time to meditate on the procedure.

      • Maryanna Price

        (Hit the button too soon and editing isn’t functioning) Millions upon millions of women have had abortions and have had many experiences and thoughts about them. If in fact no one would talk to you about your feelings, that’s quite a shame. I sincerely and without derision hope you’ve been able to access whatever help you need since. However, to jump and say I’m proclaiming how “women and girls [...] will feel” is inaccurate and overly defensive. *I* will feel nothing. Millions of other women will feel nothing. I never said “No one ever feels anything” and my comment was not intended to be misconstrued as indicating that.

  • btmom

    On another blog, I made the statement that nobody is happy about having an abortion, and I was surprised at the negative reaction I got. I believe my comment was deliberately misconstrued; I will grant that women may be relieved after having an abortion, or relieved that they have the ability to make the decision which will allow them and their families the best future. And I am not implying secret guilt or mourning. But that is not the same thing as being happy to have an abortion.

    • http://twitter.com/memerider memerider

      I agree. It’s like saying someone is “happy” with a dental procedure. It may be minor and only uncomfortable, but a medical procedure is not something that one would associate with happiness.

    • http://twitter.com/Basiorana Brianna Gamma

      I think there are definitely women who are happy after an abortion. Unexpected pregnancy can cause a person to really evaluate their life, and the feeling that you now, because of your decision, can live the life you want to lead can leave a person feeling very happy. And memerider, a coworker had her teeth fixed and was ecstatic about it because she had suffered for much of her adult life with pain.

    • http://twitter.com/amaditalks Amadi

      I’m sure that there are people who are ecstatic after having an abortion that they need and want, especially if they have had to overcome a bunch of nonsense barriers to get it.

      I’m sure that there are likewise people who are devastated after having an abortion that they need and want, especially if it’s what they didn’t want to need and want.

      But even more so, I’m entirely sure that declaring what other people’s emotional response to abortion is or should be is a level of emotional policing that is intrusive, prescriptivist nonsense. It doesn’t help anyone, it hurts everyone whose responses don’t fit the mold, it doesn’t expand access or reproductive justice and people only say things like that in order to justify these inculcated notions of what a “proper” abortion-haver looks, acts and lives like. We need to break down those ideas entirely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042389310 Sapphron Grace

    It is uncategorically no one else’s business if a woman chooses to abort. It is her body and her choice and she is the one who deals directly with the consequences of her decision. I don’t understand why so many people *don’t get this*. It is because pregnancy happens on the patriarchal religious battleground that is the female body that terminating said pregnancy is a national issue. If men got pregnant, abortion wouldn’t even *be* in the political arena. After all, we don’t get to mandate vasectomies.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

    Declassified Soviet and East Germany reports show that
    abortion was used as legal dope for female swimmers and gymnasts. Elevated
    levels of progesterone and endorphins remains shortly after termination and
    keep pain-perception threshold raised, improving sport performance. D&C
    isn’t fun for female but not so anesthetic. Ask plastic surgery addicts. As
    former medical representative now Pfizer, I’m in possession of three first
    person confessions of abortionists experienced sexual arousal while performing
    D@C. Those reports were accepted by court. Lets check penile/vaginal blood flow
    of active staff of family planning facilities wile they are “ performing” and
    neuroimaging of client viewing videotape about abortion. (Lets, just for clarity, reserve definition “woman”for those who endeavour motherhood.) You might be surprised by changes in theiramygdala, I would not. My mother had 11 abortions, mother in law 29, the champion
    I personally new – 42. NirenbergTribunal records on Nazi criminals show – promotion of voluntary abortion was amilitary action to establish ultimate long term occupational control. So, youare right, there is no such thing as recreational abortion. But abortion an addictive
    drug, abortion – unconventional mass destruction warfare is. That politicians
    should know, as far as, they already informed about dying Russia, evaporating
    Germany, 60% of ethnicity of London and close demographic destiny of white US supremacist.

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      You wrote : Lets, just for clarity, reserve definition “woman”for those who endeavor motherhood.

      I mean, really? So single women and infertile women aren’t true women in your book? How is that even your call to make? Tell you what, let actual women decide whether or not to choose or endeavor motherhood. You mind your own business and keep your utterly valueless opinions and your pointless word salad to yourself.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

        That wasn’t a salad, a stew only. Here is a salad: endeavour (try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out; strive, struggle) includes not only the successful motherhood but filed. Motherhood, nevertheless, no way an assisted prenatal infainticide. Don’t be too discouraged, Jenifer, look at the mirror, being a human female not that bad too. At least, for private body owner.

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          Being a male, I still fail to see where you have any right whatsoever to an opinion on what true womanhood is.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

            I’m jealous, Jenifer. I’m not that happy as you’re. I can’t forget that I exist because of motherhood alone.

          • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

            What does the fact that you exist have to do with the definition of womanhood is? Again, we get to define ourselves. Not you.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ella.warnock.7 Ella Warnock

          You are one weird dude with some truly bizarre ideas. I don’t think you even know what you’re talking about.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

            Totally agree with the first sentence, Ella. Thank you for the “dude”, it’s who I am. What are reasons for the last part of your statement, may I ask?

        • HeilMary1

          I’ll bet you’d be the quickest to cheat on and divorce any brood mare with stinky childbirth fistulas.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

            You’ve lost your bet.

          • HeilMary1

            Liar!

    • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

      You also wrote : Lets check penile/vaginal blood flowof active staff of family planning facilities wile they are “ performing” and
      neuroimaging of client viewing videotape about abortion.

      Actually, let’s not– that would not only be invasive, it would also be a form of sexual assault. I realize that being a “pro-lifer”, things like privacy and bodily autonomy don’t exist in your world, but they do in ours. And this idea of yours is truly sick.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

        I’m not pro-life. On some reason being in a state of life I respect death much more.
        And that’s exactly why I think, the appearance of sharp metal objects in the brain of of one, although unborn, human, just as a result of particular electrochemical patterns in brains of others Homines Sapientes is somewhat disputable. When you decided endeavor the motherhood and it comes to choose a babysiter for your child, would you find an idea to know penal/vaginal blood-flow of the candidate while show the photograph of the client? Just to be on a safe side? Besides, I didn’t said that sexual excitement during the procedure of birth control is bad thing. That what the proud owners of mentioned motivational gift told me. Happy doctor is an advantage for the client.

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          Well for someone who isn’t “pro-life”, you certainly featured very prominently on some “pro-life” boards about 6 years back. Maybe you should let them know? Incidentally, the procedure you’re talking about with sharp metal objects is a very rare, late term procedure. Over 90% of abortions take place in the first trimester. Just thought you might want to know.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

            Thank you, Jenifer for feeding my attention seeking disorder. I’m not pro-life.
            As to being an antifascist doesn’t make me a communist, my opposition to capital penalty for unborn on commercial and military reasons isn’t contradicts with my view that coerced parenthood is not acceptable. As a former medical oncologist I would choose to die from metal object rather metotrexate+mifepristone if it’s only a choice you leave me. That’s right I’ve managed to give a prison experience for six of my colleges in four countries for abusing right to choose of pro-choice women which choose motherhood. No doubts you’d do the same.

          • HeilMary1

            You make no sense, troll.

        • Guest

          Yeah, you try doing that with a potential babysitter, buddy. I don’t know about the Ukraine, but I guarantee that it would be against the law in both the UK and the United States. And the notion that you would even want to do that is unbelievably creepy.

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          You wrote: When you decided endeavor the motherhood and it comes to choose a babysiter for your child, would you find an idea to know penal/vaginal blood-flow of the candidate while show the photograph of the client? Just to be on a safe side?

          Yeah, you do know that a test like that would actually be against the law, right? Not only in the US, but in Ireland as well. Additionally, it would be unbelievably sick and just downright creepy. You’ve not only disgusted me with your blatant misogyny, but you’ve creeped me out as well. Congratulations.

    • http://twitter.com/GregortheMendel Gregor Mendel

      Hmm, Vadym. First thing I saw on your Facebook page was “Noabort.” You are a graduate of an Irish medical school, living in Ireland, a fine example of a country where women’s health is valued unless she’s pregnant.

      I have no breasts or ovaries due to cancer. I suppose I stopped being a woman at 37 then. Silly me!

      And you should use the term, “plethysmography.” It’s more medical.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

        My first wife raised our daughter in same sex partnership. Her commitment to parenthood doesn’t give me the right to deny her womanhood. I’d rather lost my manhood at that instance. Presenting herself as a woman rather than a female is an invitation for different degrees of emotional investment in possible relationships. For long term projects you need a woman and the female does just fine for… well. Women has right for higher social status before female, as gentleman before male, as anyone who is ready to sacrifice own interests for others and that is evolutionary norm, I think. Being a female is more comfortable, as you have more freedom. Female can choose termination, woman doesn’t.
        And I’m noabort, indeed. My mother told me that she wanted to abort me and only after my father agreed to buy a washing machine as the ransom, the hostage crises was resolved, so far, and you have pleasure to know me. That’s why I’m noabort.

        • HeilMary1

          You make no sense, are selfish, and a danger to all women.

        • Dezzydez

          Don’t have an abortion then. Leave the rest of us alone with your bullshit.

        • http://twitter.com/JenGStarr Jennifer Starr

          Believe me–it’s no pleasure to know you. So far you’ve behaved like a misogynistic arse–and to use the vernacular of your current country–you’ve been a right eejit. And again, you have no right to define womanhood. Only women can.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

            Reality checked. Thank you Everyone for participation.

  • SandyGreenleaf

    Family Planning is NEVER “recreational.”

  • Mindy McIndy

    I love how people talk as though women have abortions just for the fun of it. Like, I went to the mall for lunch, had an abortion, and was out of recovery just in time for the 5:45 showing of “Silver Linings Playbook.” These people are just nuts.

  • http://twitter.com/tiggerydo bev doan

    MEN…

    • DanL60

      Hey HEY don’t lump me in with THAT idiot.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

    American ‘abortion addict’ reveals she terminated 15 pregnancies in 17 years

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

    “Every propaganda means, especially the press, radio, and movies, as
    well as pamphlets, booklets, and lectures, must be used to instill in
    the Russian population the idea that it is harmful to have several
    children. We must emphazise the expenses that children cause, the good
    things that people could have had with the money spent on them. We could
    also hint at the dangerous effect of child-bearing on a woman’s health.
    Paralleling such propaganda, a large-scale campaign would be launched
    in favor of contraceptive devices. A contraceptive industry must be
    established. Neither the circulation and sale of contraceptives nor
    abortions must be prosecuted. It will even be necessary to open special
    institutions for abortion, and to train midwives and nurses for this
    purpose. The population will practice abortion all the more willingly if
    these institutions are competently operated.”
    27 April 1943 Prof. Erhard Wetzel, Racial Administrator for the Reich’s Eastern Territories Ministry

  • http://www.facebook.com/vadym.lazaryev Vadym Lazaryev

    THE CLAIM

    One major Pro-Choice claim is that the Nazis were anti-abortion and
    anti-choice. Since the Nazis were evil, and they were anti-choice, then
    whoever is anti-choice is like or similar to a Nazi.

    The American Feminist leader Gloria Steinem has written:

    “Hitler himself, and the Nazi doctrine he created, were unequivocally opposed to any individual right to abortion.” (Ms., Oct. 1980)

    THE TRUTH

    The Nazis certainly were not “pro-Choice”, but they were not
    “anti-abortion” either. The Nazis believed that a woman’s body beloned
    to the State, and the State would decide what to do with it. The Nazis
    did not allow abortion for healthy “Aryan” German women, but demanded
    and forced abortion upon women deemed “unAryan” (i.e. Jews, Gypsies,
    Slavs, etc.) and “Aryan” German women who were thought to be
    feeble-minded, or have hereditary diseases. (Abortion in the New Europe, p.114)

    The Nazis wanted to do everything to increase the number of “Aryan” types; including:

    1) Setting up stud-farms called Liebensborn (“Fountain of Life”)
    in which Aryan-type SS men would impregnate young “Aryan” German girls
    (including very young girls) in order to increase the amount of “pure
    Aryans” among Germans. Abortion for these young single girls (who
    usually never knew the men who impregnated them) was absolutely
    forbidden.

    2) Stealing blong-haired and blue-eyed “Aryan” type children from
    Poland, the Baltics, Russia, and other conquered countries and raising
    them in Nazi-controlled orphanages as Germans.

    3) Forcing non-Aryan women in the conquered countries to have abortions
    and sterilizations in order to keep their population down (this
    eventually led to out-and-out mass-killing).

    4) Forcing even “Aryan” German women who were retarded or suspected of
    having “inferior genes” to have abortions or become sterilized.

    VIABILITY AND THE HEALTH OF THE MOTHER

    The first court to rule that “viability” and the “woman’s health” were
    determinate factors in abortion was the Nazi Heredity Court of 1934,
    when it ruled that “…pregnancy may be terminated, with the concent of
    the woman concerned, uless the foetus is already capable of independent
    life, or unless the termination of the pregnancy entails a serious
    danger to either the life or health of the woman herself.” (The Racial State, 1991, p.141).

    In the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that abortion
    in the first two trimesters (up to 6 months) is permitted because the
    fetus is not “viable” (not capable of living outside of the womb
    “independently”). They ruled that abortion in the third trimester (after
    6 months) was still illegal, unless the continued pregnancy posed a
    “serious threat” to the physical or mental health of the mother.

    Who decides if the pregnancy poses such a threat?

    The physician decides. Any physician; including a physician who works as
    an abortionist. If an abortionist decides that a pregnancy is a
    “threat” to the mental health of a woman, he can perform an abortion
    anytime in the third trimester. There is no “oversight” of these cases,
    and abortionists no longer even ask women who want third-trimester
    abortions if the pregnancy is “stressful” (what pregnancy is not
    stressful?). So, for all practical purposes, abortion in the U.S. is
    legal up until the moment of labor.

    ABORTION FORBIDDEN FOR HEALTHY ‘ARYAN’ WOMEN

    SS chief Heinrich Himmler wrote to Field-Marshal Willhilm Keitel the following in 1939:

    “According to statistics there are 600,000 abortions a year in Germany.
    The fact that these happen among the best German racial types has been
    worrying me for years. The way I see it we cannot afford to lose these
    young people, hundreds and thousands of them. The aim of protecting this
    German blood is of the highest priority. If we manage to stop these
    abortions we will be able to have 200 more German regiments every year
    on the march. Another 500,000 or 600,000 people could produce millions
    of marks for the economy. The strength of these soldiers and workers
    will build the greater Germany. This is why I founded Lebensborn in
    1936. It fights abortions in a positive way. Every woman can have her
    child in peace and quiet and devote her life to the betterment of the
    race.” (Master Race: The Lebensborn Experiment in Nazi Germany, 1995, pp.66-7)

    This is why abortion was forbidden for ‘Aryan’ women who were considered
    healthy and had no hereditary diseases. Abortion for young German women
    who were members of the Lebensborn (“Lifefountain” stud-farms) was
    absolutely forbidden; because the very pupose they were sent there was
    to have as many children as possible.

    ABORTION PROMOTED FOR NON-ARYAN WOMEN

    When the Nazis entered Poland (a Roman Catholic country) in 1939 abortion for any
    reason was illegal. The use of contraceptives was also illegal in
    Poland (because the Roman Catholic Church was opposed to abortion and to
    contraception as well). The Nazis conquered half the country (the other
    half went to the Russians), and they immediately did away with the
    anti-abortion laws. Hitler wanted to limit and reduce all non-Aryan
    populations. In late 1939 a decree was issued encouraging Polish women
    to seek abortions. The campaign was called “Auswahlfeiheit” (“Freedom of
    Choice”).

    Martin Bormann, the Head of the Nazi Party and personal secretary to
    Adolf Hitler, wrote the following letter to Alfred Rosenberg; the Nazi
    Party ideologist:

    “The Slavs are to work for us. Insofar as we don’t need them they may
    die. Therefore compulsory vaccination and education are superfluous. The
    fertility of Slavs is undesirable.” (NCA II. Office of the United
    States Chief of Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality. Nazi
    Conspiracy and Agression, Volume II. 1946)

    Hitler himself said:

    They may use contraceptives or practice abortion–the more the better.
    In view of the large families of the native population, it could only
    suit us if girls and women there had as many abortions as possible.
    Active trade in contraceptives ought to be actually encouraged in the
    Eastern territories, as we could not possibly have the slightest
    interest in increasing the non-Germanic population.” (Harvest of Hate, 1954, pp. 273-4 emphasis added)

    Bormann personally wrote:

    “When girls and women in the Occupied Territories of the East have
    abortions, we can only be in favor of it; in any case we should not
    oppose it. The Fuhrer belives that we should authorize the development
    in a thriving trade in contraceptives. We are not interested in seeing
    the non-German population multiply.” (ibid, p.274)

    On November 25 1939, the Reich Commission for the Strengthening of
    Germandom (RKFDV), an SS organization, issued this following decree in
    Poland:

    “All measures which have the tendency to limit the births are to be
    tolerated or to be supported. Abortion in the remaining area of Poland
    must be declared free from punishment. the means for abortion and
    contraceptive means may be offered publicly without police restriction.
    Homosexuality [which was illegal under Polish law] is to be declared
    legal. The institutions and persons involved professionally in abortion
    practices are not to be interfered with by police.” (Secret Nazi Plans for Eastern Europe, 1961, p.171)

    The same pro-abortion order was established in all the territories that
    the Nazis occupied except where the population was considered “Aryan”
    (Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Flemish Belguim). On 27 April 1943
    Prof. Erhard Wetzel, Racial Administrator for the Reich’s Eastern
    Territories Ministry, wrote this memorandum:

    “Every propaganda means, especially the press, radio, and movies, as
    well as pamphlets, booklets, and lectures, must be used to instill in
    the Russian population the idea that it is harmful to have several
    children. We must emphazise the expenses that children cause, the good
    things that people could have had with the money spent on them. We could
    also hint at the dangerous effect of child-bearing on a woman’s health.
    Paralleling such propaganda, a large-scale campaign would be launched
    in favor of contraceptive devices. A contraceptive industry must be
    established. Neither the circulation and sale of contraceptives nor
    abortions must be prosecuted. It will even be necessary to open special
    institutions for abortion, and to train midwives and nurses for this
    purpose. The population will practice abortion all the more willingly if
    these institutions are competently operated.” (Harvest of Hate, pp.272-3)

    The diary of a Polish Jew living in the Shavli Ghetto named E. Yerushalmi has this entry for 13 July 1942:

    “In accordance with the Order of the Security Police, births are
    permitted in the ghetto upon up to August 15, 1942. After this date it
    is forbidden to give birth to Jewish children either in the hospitals or
    in the homes of the pregnant women. it is pointed out, at the same
    time, that it is permitted to interrupt pregnancies by means of
    abortions. A great responsibility rests on the pregnant women. If they
    do not comply with this order, thiere is a danger that they will be
    executed, together with their families.” (Pinkas Shavli, 1958, p.88)

    During the Nuremburg Trials, almost all the Nazi defendents were accused
    of “crimes against humanity”, and part of those ‘crimes’ were promotion
    of abortion.

    MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS

    One wonders how German physicians during WWII could have justified their
    use of human subjects in horrible experiments that killed or
    permanently maimed thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
    Before the Nazis came to power all German physicians had to take the
    Hippocratic Oath, which swore they would “do no harm” and not “give a
    pessary to a woman to cause abortion”. Dr. Georg August Weltz, the Nazi
    physician who conducted the notorious “cold experiments” (Jews, Gypsies,
    criminals, and even children were thrown into pools of ice-water to see
    how fast they would die, or they were taken out in comas to see if they
    could be revived…all in the name of helping downed German fighter
    pilots who were saved from the cold sea), wrote:

    “The Hippocratic Oath … is an honorable historical document, which,
    however, does not altogether fit present times. *** Medicine based upon
    the principle of nil nocere (“do no harm”) is a very impoverished
    medicine, and we are unfortunately not in a position to carry on
    medicine on that simple principle today.” (Trials of the War Criminals Before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals, Washington D.C., 1946-1954, IV:1,081-4)

    The term “Freedom of Choice” in regards to abortion was invented by a
    Nazi SS propandist as a means to intice Polish women to have abortions
    and use contraceptions.

    DR. ERNST RUDIN

    The most outspoken spokesman for “abortion rights” in pre-Nazi Germany
    was the psychitrist and head of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute: Dr. Ernst
    Rudin. After the Nazis came to power, they made Dr. Rudin the head of
    the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene In April 1933, Dr. Rudin wrote an article for The American Birth Control Review; the official publication of Margaret Sanger’s American Birth Control League (which changed its name to Planned Parenthood in 1942). Dr. Rudin’s article was called “Eugenics Sterilization: An Urgent Need” (American Birth Control Review, April 1933).

    One of Dr. Rudin’s associates at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute was Dr.
    Otmar Freiherr Von Versscheur, whose assistant at the Institute was Dr.
    Josef Mengele;who later became the director of medical experiments at
    Auschwitz death camp in Poland. He performed horrendous experiments;
    mostly on children. Many died or were scarred (emotionally and
    physically) for life.

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