MIT Prof. Gruber (of ObamaTax fame) promoted abortion for “marginal children”

We know that Pres. Obama is the most fervently pro-abortion president in history.  He even supported infanticide when he was in the Illinois legislature. We know that the leadership of the Democrat Party, and indeed the party as a whole, is virulently pro-abortion, even pro-abortion catholics such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, VP Biden, and former Sec. Hilary Clinton.

It is no surprise at all that, when they consult with “experts”, they will choose those who hold their views also on abortion.  They will echo the goals of the organizations such as Planned Parenthood, with which they are so closely entangled.  They are tied to the motives and objectives of big business abortion.

I saw this story at Breitbart by Austin Ruse which all of you should know about concerning the MIT Prof Jonathan Gruber – the one who made the claim that they depended on the stupidity of the people to get Obamacare through – who was in part the architect of ObamaCare (aka ObamaTax aka “Affordable”).

My emphases and comments:


Embattled MIT professor Jonathan Gruber has not only gotten in trouble for bragging about helping President Obama put one over on the American people with Obamacare, he’s also been uncovered as an abortion advocate—but not a run-of-the-mill advocate of “women’s rights.” [A huge liberal victory, and an evil one at that, was successfully to make abortion into a “women’s rights” issue.  It is not.  It is a human right.]

No, Gruber’s abortion advocacy is of a particularly pungent eugenics variety. He’s on record repeatedly making the case from social science that abortion is a “social good” because it reduces the number of “marginal children,” by which he means urban poor—those he says can be counted on to commit crimes if they were ever born. [So, let’s target the demographic that, statistically, are most likely to commit crimes.  Right?]

Gruber co-authored a paper during the Clinton years which argued that legal abortion had saved the U.S. taxpayer upwards of $14 billion in welfare benefits and that it also lowered crime.

Gruber’s work heavily influenced other researchers, including a paper called The Impact of Legalized Abortion by Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago, whose later book Freakonomics and whose ongoing work makes the strongest case that abortion legalizations in the 1970s caused a dramatic drop in crime twenty years later.

Pro-lifers have always wondered why the black community has not responded more aggressively to the fact that so many abortion clinics are located in poor neighborhoods and why the black abortion rate is so much higher than whites.

A documentary called Maafa 21 argues that abortion is a part of what they called a “black genocide.”

African-American marketing expert Ryan Scott Bomberger founded an organization called The Radiance Foundation that makes commercials for the unborn child with a special emphasis on the high incidence of black abortion. Emmy-wining Bomberger’s campaign looks specifically at black abortion. One meme calls abortion a “civil wrong” and that blacks are “still not free at last” because of abortion. Bomberger is being sued by the NAACP for calling the group “pro-abortion.”

A group called 41 Percent tracks all abortions in New York City, which has an abortion rate at twice the national average, [how horrible] points out that the abortion rate in the largely black borough of The Bronx is an astounding 47%.

These are the types of communities Gruber meant when he referred the “marginal children” who were the most likely to end up on welfare and committing crimes if they were allowed to be born.

Architect of ObamaTax.  Architect of … black genocide?

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  1. chantgirl says:

    Yet, somehow it’s the conservatives who are racist for thinking that African Americans have just as much innate potential as any other Americans. Democrats are the ones who think that inner city school children can’t handle grammar and math (beyond geometry), that black students can’t get into college without special consideration, that black mothers need to be told how to control their reproduction. When will the black community realize that it has been infantilized by democratic social engineering?

  2. Laura R. says:

    “Gruber co-authored a paper during the Clinton years which argued that legal abortion had saved the U.S. taxpayer upwards of $14 billion in welfare benefits and that it also lowered crime.”

    A horrible example of what pragmatism pushed to the extreme can be.

    Minor point, aside: isn’t Hilary Clinton Methodist?

  3. AnnTherese says:

    So, all Democrats should be denied the Eucharist, since they are all pro-abortion.

  4. Venerator Sti Lot says:


    I think there are pro-life Democrats who try to continue fighting the culture of death hijacking of their party, from within – I know Rebecca Hamilton has long been one such in the past, and as far as I know she still is – though I could not immediately find a certain answer on her blog, ‘Public Catholic’.

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    There have been many articles in the last few days about Gruber’s recent, “testimony,” before Congress about the stupidity of the American people and how ObamaCare was gamed to not look like a tax (Chief Justice Roberts, take note) wherein he, basically, apologized for what his remarks sound like without ever saying that he had changed his mind.

    Obfuscation is the work of the Devil. What else can one say. Pride is, also, a deadly sin.

    As for his idiotic stance on abortion, he is, certainly, no philosopher, otherwise he would realize the utter unprovability of conterfactual statements, like, “abortion had saved the U.S. taxpayer upwards of $14 billion in welfare benefits and that it also lowered crime.” He might argue that killing these infants prevented some crime, because crime will, generally, increase as the population increases, but, at the same time, all it takes is one lucky genetic accident to create a kid who will go on to cure cancer. I don’t know how he can consider this, “research,” conclusion anything other than wishful thinking.

    If he really cared about the proper application of economy, which should be towards the good of all, then he would be working to find a good economic solution that saved the marginalized children rather than aborting them. It seems to me that he is nothing other than a garden variety entitled Elite, the worst kind of bigot. There is a famous story for children called, The Prince and the Pauper, about two identical twins separated at birth – one to a royal family and one to a poor family. I think that every economist, as part of their Ph.D training, should be require to live out that story for a year. It might help them to actually understand that people are not impersonal entities.

    Of course, sadly, he is right about one thing: many Americans are not very well-educated on a number of essential topics, including morality. I include myself in this category. There are things I should have known when I reached adulthood that I simply was never taught, like how tax forms work. I admit to being an person who is uneducated in economics – where was I going to learn it, after all – economics is not something taught in the curriculum in either science or music in college. I did not take high school Civics class, instead doing work in AP history. To me, modern economics makes little sense. It is not exciting to me. My eyes glaze over. I can do the math. It is just that, it seems to me that economics, as applied to humans with free-will, is very non-linear and largely unpredictable (I know the economists in the crowd will dispute this, but let’s have a chat about Original Sin).

    Gruber doesn’t really care about his fellow man, at least enough to come down from his ivory Tower and educate the masses. Einstein is reported to have once said that if you can’t explain your idea in physics to a bar maid, then you don’t understand the physics, yourself. If Gruber had explained the economics to the general public in a truthful fashion, I doubt that Obabmacare would have been passed.

    G. B. Shaw wrote an essay entitled, What Price Salvation?” Might I suggest that it should be essential reading for economists?

    The Chicken

  6. Gretchen says:

    Apparently the genius Gruber didn’t notice that the elites are also contracepting and aborting children, presumably the ones he prefers would be born. I’m sure the ‘savings’ in tax dollars of aborting ‘marginal’ children is quite offset by the loss of the children of the elites who would’ve been feeding the government pie hole.

  7. Indulgentiam says:

    ” abortion is a “social good” because it reduces the number of “marginal children,”
    Ah, right out of the Margaret Sanger playbook. Margaret Sanger is the perfect poster child for the evils of feminism. In “Woman and the new Race” in chap. 6, entitled “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families” she writes: “[We should] apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”

    I forget what Pope or Saint wrote, “a godless man is dangerous. A godless woman is a monster” and feminist tout her as one of their most beloved founderesses. Yuck…they have no shame.

  8. Kerry says:

    Why do those who know whom must be gotten rid of, never begin with themselves?

  9. Elizabeth D says:

    In a talk at the Diocese of Madison that Fr Z has mentioned, we were told by a South American journalist that Cardinal Bergoglio condemned these kinds of beliefs in very clear terms and labeled them “neo-Malthusianism.” It’s one of those “ideologies” that he’s so against. Those who want to go out to the margins and contracept or kill the marginal children as a threat to the rest of us would probably acknowledge in a candid moment that the success of their program is heavily dependent on “the stupidity of the American voter” and healthcare consumer. Obamacare is a technocratic solution to the purported overpopulation crisis that Malthusians see. Pope Francis’ answer is that if there are many children and not enough bread, bring more bread. We have to be FOR the marginal children, who are our beloved children and not our enemy.

  10. benedetta says:

    This sort of quote/unquote scholarship, using data and demographics based upon racism, would be vociferously shunned by even soulless contemporary academe but for the ends justify the means of all to the service of that almighty and merciless consumptive god, big abortion in our midst…

  11. bookworm says:

    Rebecca Hamilton of Public Catholic was an Oklahoma state representative for many years, but she retired earlier this year. She is a pro-life Democrat. Another well-known pro-life Democrat is Congressman Dan Lipinski of Illinois, the only Catholic Democrat in the House to vote against the final version of Obamacare, and to cite its abortion coverage as his reason for voting as he did.

    Meanwhile, check out this commentary from CNBC (headlined “We need more babies!”) on how the current record-low U.S. birth rate is BAD for the economy:

  12. DisturbedMary says:

    Black Lives Matter is what is chanted by the marchers protesting police brutality in the Eric Garner case. Black Lives Matter. I’m going to try to get one of those signs to bring to the Bronx abortion mill where I occasionally pray.

  13. As another poster pointed out…they’re just carrying out Sanger’s playbook. If you can stomach it, some quality time with a search engine will bring a lot of vile writing from this death-dealing spawn of satan for you to peruse.

    People ignored “Mein Kampf” or “Dreams of My Father” as nothing more than coffee table books. If you want to understand how demagogues think…you have to read what they write. Nothing happens in a vacuum; intent is telegraphed long before actions are carried out.

  14. acricketchirps says:

    BDB: You can get Mein Kampf in a coffee table edition?!

  15. Katherine says:

    This is the same Prof. Gruber who was just as much an advisor to Mitt Romney as to Obama? [“Just as much”? No. I don’t think so. I think the Gruber who worked for Obama was far more richly compensated, if you get my drift.]

  16. Venerator Sti Lot says:


    Perhaps you have to think of something compatible with, say, the table in Adolf Wissel’s ‘Kalenberger Bauernfamilie’.

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