Bennett Cited For “Outrageous” Abortion-Race-Crime Link


Democratic lawmakers and civil rights leaders are denouncing conservative commentator William J. Bennett for suggesting on his syndicated radio show that aborting black children would reduce the U.S. crime rate, reports the Washington Post. The former U.S. education secretary and drug czar-turned-talk show host said Wednesday that “if you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose — you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.” Bennett quickly added that such an idea would be “an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do.”

Bennett’s comments, flagged by the liberal news media watchdog group Media Matters for America, were condemned by Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-NV.). Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) circulated a letter, signed by 10 of his colleagues, demanding that the Salem Radio Network suspend Bennett’s show. Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said, “Bennett’s statement is outrageous. As a former secretary of education, he should know better. His program should be pulled from the air.”


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