October 23, 2012
Emily Bazelon Asks Justice Ginsburg To Clarify Her Views on Abortion
Slate: Talking to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Emily Bazelon:
And clearing up a point of confusion--about her views on abortion--that I caused three years ago.
Three years ago, I interviewed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the New York Times Magazine. At one point, we talked about the lack of Medicaid funding for abortions for poor women, because of a 1980 Supreme Court decision called Harris v. McRae. She said then:
The ruling surprised me. 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. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.
I didn’t ask the follow up question that would have given Ginsburg the chance to clarify what she meant—to explain who was concerned about population growth at the time, and in what context. Because I didn’t do that, some conservatives pounced. . . .
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