Ah Nixon, Ever the Charmer

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June 23 2009 11:01 PM

Ah Nixon, Ever the Charmer

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From the AP write-up of the newly released Nixon tapes:

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Speaking to Charles Colson after the January 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, the president said: "I admit, there are times when abortions are necessary, I know that." He gave "a black and a white" as an example.

"Or rape," Colson offered. "Or rape," Nixon agreed.

This a decade and a half after the Supreme Court struck down state bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia . And 12 years after the birth of Barack Obama.

Photograph of Richard Nixon by AFP/Getty Images.

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.