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President Nixon pointing to the transcripts of White House tapes in April 1974, after he announced that he would give the material to lawmakers and make them public.

President Nixon pointing to the transcripts of White House tapes in April 1974, after he announced that he would give the material to lawmakers and make them public.

CHARLIE SAVAGE | NYT | June 23, 2009

WASHINGTON — On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.

Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases — like interracial pregnancies, he said.

“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.”

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Highlights from newly released recordings of former President Richard M. Nixon by secret microphones in the Oval Office in 1973. Editors’ Note: Contains language that may be offensive.

Discussing Israel’s shooting of a Libyan plane and domestic religious tension, with the Rev. Billy Graham.

On negotiations for peace in Vietnam

On vindication in Vietnam

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