August 30, 2004


Reuters Editor's Email 'Sad But Revealing,' Pro-Life Group Says (, 8/30/04)

A Reuters news service editor sent an e-mail to a pro-life group last week, criticizing the group's stance on abortion as well as its support of the Bush administration. The angry email has prompted the pro-life group to question the editor's journalistic integrity. . . .

Eastham's email read as follows: "What's your plan for parenting & educating all the unwanted children you people want to bring into the world? Who will pay for policing our streets & maintaining the prisons needed to contain them when you, their parents & the system fail them? Oh, sorry. All that money has been earmarked to pay off the Bush deficit. Give me a frigging break, will you?"

That a Reuter's editor is pro-choice would not be surprising. That he is so adamantly pro-abortion -- as a law enforcement issue, no less -- is as surprising as it is distasteful.

Posted by David Cohen at August 30, 2004 2:45 PM

Can you imagine the reaction to a conservative who speaks in such a manner about preventively eliminating society's undesirables?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 30, 2004 3:17 PM

Looking at photos from the NYC "protests" I can maybe see his point.

Posted by: joe shropshire at August 30, 2004 3:25 PM

For a large segment of the right abortion has
never been an accross-the-board bad thing. This
angry letter writer taps into that nicely.

Posted by: J.H. at August 30, 2004 4:03 PM

The Left has hit bottom and is digging furiously.

Obviously, this Reuters editor has never heard of self-control, assumption of responsibility, or alterations of behavior in response to changes in alternatives. Abortion was illegal for nearly everyone, for nearly all of recorded history, and the world didn't drown in unwanted children even though there was no reliable contraception until about 1960. Do you suppose our Reuters friend is even aware of this, or do you think he went to a public school?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at August 30, 2004 5:09 PM

His e-mail unconsciously reveals the true motive which was always behind the planned parenthood/abortion movement: The fear that the poor, ignorant, criminal (i.e., lower) classes would take over -- therefore they must be prevented from reproducing by any means.

Posted by: jd watson at August 30, 2004 7:58 PM


That's because they died like rats.

Posted by: Dutch at August 30, 2004 11:11 PM

I have to wonder whether the intense, visceral hatred of the President that so many progressives feel hasn't more to do with this issue than the Middle East or national security or tax policies or whatever. I was amazed in the last days of the election up here how many suddenly decided they would prefer a corrupt government to one that even talked about abortion, even to assure everyone they weren't planning do anything about it. All those Hollywood and leftist types who like to talk about how "scared" they are may be sincere. They are scared someone will interfere with their absolute sexual freedom.

Posted by: Peter B at August 31, 2004 5:33 AM

I thought "social Darwinism" was a discredited paradigm among our "intellectual" elite. Hard to understand why they are still getting it wrong. I was under the impression that such misinterpretations were no longer fashionable within the rationalist crowd.Hmmm...

Posted by: Tom C, Stamford,Ct. at August 31, 2004 11:43 AM