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Could Banning “Race Based” Abortions Mean Only White Women Get Access?

Could Banning “Race Based” Abortions Mean Only White Women Get Access?

Many conservative states have never met an abortion restriction that they haven’t instantly fallen in love with. Although last year was mostly the year of the 20 week “fetal pain” ban, one other trend also hit multiple states — a so called ban on gender and race based abortions. A gender ban, although a solution for a crisis in the United States that doesn’t really even exist, could at the very least have a case built for it that women at one point learn the gender of their new baby and could decide to abort if it wasn’t the sex they wanted. A race based abortion ban, on the other hand, makes no sense whatsoever. After all, it’s nearly impossible for the woman seeking the abortion to not know the race of the baby once she knows she is pregnant. And if she doesn’t know when she gets pregnant, there is no way for her to determine it down the road, like you would with the gender.

So, like all ludicrous abortion bans that apply to nearly no real cases and make very little sense in general, the federal government has decided to propose a national version of the bill. Sponsored by Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA)” aims to use the cloak of protecting women and minorities from being discriminated against “in utereo” despite the Republican party’s total dismissal of them being discriminated against once they are born.

Although most of the bill and its potential testimony deals with the idea of abortion because of the gender of the baby, Franks is clear that race is an issue that will be watched as well. “Following the unearthing of the nation-wide race-targeted abortion donations, civil rights activists and African-American pastors from across the country protested government acquiescence in race-targeted abortion and the government funding of clinics that they believe are purposefully placed in the inner city and targeted to minority women, he said.

So how do you ensure that African American women are not terminating their babies based on race? Simple — cut off their access to abortion. The only way to prove that “race based” abortions aren’t happening is to see a dramatic increase in the number of live births in minority communities.

Inherently, the only way a “ban” would show results is if minority women had their access restricted, while Caucasian women were allowed to abort. And if this bill were used to eventually shut down clinics in “minority communities,” i.e. large cities, that’s exactly what would happen. Clinics exist in the densest population areas, and the most populated communities tend to have more minorities as residents than spares or rural areas.

Congressional anti-choice politicians want to cut off the ability for minority women to have the same access to reproductive rights as white women do, and will call it “equal protection” as they do it.

 

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9:49AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Grazie per l'articolo.

1:19AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

No comment,speechless!

5:23AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

There is no way not to know the race of the baby unless the woman was raped and couldn't see the rapist. This law sounds useless to me.

1:39AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

How is it that the 2010 "Tea Party Tidal Wave" was going to "take our government back" and has only really succeeded in postponing meaningful action on the economy while trying to seize control of women's wombs.

10:02PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Communist Russia was the first country to legalize abortion,they seen it as a way to control the masses. In this Country it was the Republicans that pushed for it because they wanted to control the black population. What they didn't count on was that few blacks get abortions mostly white women were getting them. Thus the change of heart and how they are pro life now.

As you all know I am pro life. I see abortion as women losing the power of being a woman for only a woman can celebrate motherhood. With so many people wanting to adopt babies it is so sad to see human life as so cheap to just destroy it. My spouse and I waited over three years to adopt a baby we finally gave up and adopted older children. How ever I maybe one of the few pro life people that thinks abortion clinics should remain open. Because ultimately it is up to the woman. I would hate to see some creepy med school dropout use a rusty coat hanger. But I also have to say it is a proven fact that they do feel pain and even move away from the vacuum tool that is used to suck the baby out piece by piece. Pregnancy isnot a disease there is no sound reason to abort. Rape makes up less than 1% of abortions and a woman's life is even less. Those cases need to be based on what the woman feels is right to her. I personally know of two women who were products of rape. They said they are so happy there mothers didn't abort them.

7:32PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Of course that's what it will mean and only the richest of those white women.

7:00PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

No, there will be no bias. They don't want anyone to have an abortion even if it will save their life.

4:55PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

This would certainly help the US become a "majority minority" country. Somehow I don't think the crafters of this race based abortion ban thought about that.

4:40PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Steve R and Diane O live on the same plane I think. Steve, you really need to stop watching that faux news! The GOP needs to get to work on helping this country get back on the right track and leave these social issues alone.

2:20PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

I would have to guess that the person who wrote the sign is ignorant of the bible. How a god who brought the flood, destroyed Sodom & Gomorrah, killed the first born of egypt, and committed several other acts of mass violence could be considered pro-life is beyond me.

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