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“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”
Nine months later, after Nixon precipitated the resignations of two top Justice Department officials and forced the firing of the special prosecutor looking into the Watergate affair, Ronald Reagan, who was then the governor of California and would later be president, told the White House that he heartily approved.
Reagan told the White House that the action — which would become known as the “Saturday Night Massacre” — was “probably the best thing that ever happened — none of them belong where they were,” according to a Nixon aide’s notes of the private conversation.
Those disclosures were among the revelations in more than 150 hours of tape and tens of thousands of pages of documents from the Nixon administration made public on Tuesday by the National Archives. The audio files were all posted online, as were a sampling of the documents, the rest of which are available in reading rooms.
The newly disclosed tapes were recorded by the secret microphones in the Oval Office from January and February 1973, and they shed new light on an intense moment in American history. The period included Nixon’s second inauguration, the ceasefire agreement for Vietnam, and the criminal trial of seven men over the burglary of the Democrats’ headquarters at the Watergate complex amid mounting revelations about their close ties to the White House.
Originally posted by xpert11
reply to post by ChemBreather
Very interesting thanks for posting this topic . While Nixon views on abortion are racist his support for abortion in the event of rape is sensible . Nixon would be seen as being to Liberal today because he was pro choice and supported the creation of Legal aid and the Environmental Protection Agency .
Cheers xpert11 .