Pres. Nixon's State of the Union speeches: on Abortion


Define the nature and extent of the basic rights of privacy

One measure of a truly free society is the vigor with which it protects the liberties of its individual citizens. As technology has advanced in America, it has increasingly encroached on one of those liberties--what I term the right of personal privacy. Modern information systems, data banks, credit records, mailing list abuses, electronic snooping, the collection of personal data for one purpose that may be used for another--all these have left millions of Americans deeply concerned by the privacy they cherish.

And the time has come, therefore, for a major initiative to define the nature and extent of the basic rights of privacy and to erect new safeguards to ensure that those rights are respected.

I look forward to establishing a new set of standards that respect the legitimate needs of society, but that also recognize personal privacy as a cardinal principle of American liberty. [OnTheIssues note: the "right of privacy" was the basis for the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling].

Source: Pres. Nixon's 1974 State of the Union message to Congress Jan 30, 1974

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