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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