January/February, 1998 Volume XII Number 10
"People are simply not willing to accept the idea that the genetic base on which their character is formed is inferior and should not be repeated in the next generation. . . . Let's stop telling anyone that they have a generally inferior genetic quality, for they will never agree. Let's base our proposals on the desirability of having children born in homes where they will get affectionate and responsible care, and perhaps our proposals will be accepted."
-- Fredereick Osborn, speaking before the Eugenics Society in London, 1956
"While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized -- the right to be born, the right to life, the right to grow old."
-- Senator Ted Kennedy, August 3, 1971
"There is no question in my mind that God is a pro-choice woman or we wouldn't have Roe."
-- Janet Benshoof, president of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, New York
"Are you to dissolve the conception by aid of drugs? I think to us it is no more lawful to hurt [a child] in the process of birth, than one already born."
-- Tertullian, early Church Father, 200 A.D.
"Let them use my frequent-flier miles on their train ride to Hades."
-- Randall Terry, on the National Organization for Women (NOW) attempt to take away his frequent-flier miles to help pay off a court judgment against him.
Postcard from the edge