Hitler on Abortion

Was Hitler pro-choice? Pro-abortion groups have often said that Hitler opposed abortion, because he encouraged Aryan women to have as many children as possible and forbade abortion for most Germans. However, Hitler was aware that legalized abortion was an excellent tool for weeding out undesirable races. According to a private conversation, Hitler said:

“If any such idiot tried to put into practice such an order [forbidding abortion] in the occupied Eastern territories, he would personally shoot him. In view of the large families of the native population, it could only suit us if girls and women there had as many abortions as possible. Active trade in contraceptives ought to be actually encouraged in the Eastern territories, as we could not possibly have the slightest interest in increasing the non-German population.”

Quoted from a table conversation with Hitler on 22 July 1942

Clarissa Henry and Marc Hillel. Of Pure Blood, translator Eric Mossbacher (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976) 148. Quoted by James Tunstead Burtechaell

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