Johnson Aide Who Urged Compulsory Contraception Quits

Andrew Sabisky says opponents are 'selectively quoting' his racial comments
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Johnson Aide Who Urged Compulsory Contraception Quits
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street in London last week.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

An adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned on Monday amid fierce criticism of his past comments linking intelligence to race and suggesting contraception should be made compulsory to avoid "a permanent underclass." Andrew Sabisky said he was quitting because he had become a distraction, the AP reports. Lawmakers had called on Johnson to fire Sabisky, who was hired to work in the prime minister's 10 Downing Street office after Johnson’s chief aide, Dominic Cummings, appealed for “weirdos and misfits with odd skills” to apply. Sabisky wrote in 2014 that "one way to get around the problems of unplanned pregnancies creating a permanent underclass would be to legally enforce universal uptake of long-term contraception at the onset of puberty. Vaccination laws give it a precedent, I would argue." He has also suggested that black Americans have a lower average IQ than white Americans.

The comments were condemned by Johnson's opponents, as well as some allies. Lawmaker Caroline Nokes, a member of Johnson’s Conservative Party who chairs Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee, tweeted: “Cannot believe No 10 has refused to comment on Andrew Sabisky ... must be no place in government for the views he's expressed.” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Johnson's government needs "to get a grip fast and demonstrate some basic but fundamental values in the terms of our public debate." On Twitter, Sabisky accused critics of "selective quoting" and said, "I signed up to do real work, not be in the middle of a giant character assassination." Spokesman Jamie Davies declined to say whether the prime minister agreed with Sabisky’s views, which critics say amount to support for eugenics, the discredited movement to improve the human race through selective reproduction.

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