4 Horrible Defenses of Abortion Bans

It almost seems as if every state is proposing a ban on abortion at the moment — extreme, early, no exceptions bans that are clearly unconstitutional and primarily intended to force the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case and overturn Roe v. Wade.

Proposing abortion restrictions is nothing new for the right, but in the past they tried to at least be a little less combative during the debates. Now, however, they’ve stopped even bothering to pretend that abortion bans are about anything other than contempt, misogyny and, far too often, outright racism.

Here are four horrible things said in defense of the recent slate of abortion bans.

1. “It’s Good for Black Communities”

Due to systemic racism in our country, black communities are often poorer, have less access to clean water and adequate food and health care, have higher rates of unintended pregnancy and have worse maternal health and infant mortality rates. But despite these facts, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin argues that abortion bans — which disproportionately affect marginalized communities — actually benefit black people.

Bevin†told†conservative pundit Tucker Carlson:

When you consider the fact that over 40 percent of all the abortions performed in America are the taking of young black lives…crime, accidents, cancer, disease, Aids, every other cause of death combined does not add up to the number of blacks that are killed by abortion. For people to come out and say that it is racial justice to be able to kill black children before they are even born is a remarkable empty argument and highly offensive to many people like myself.

2. “Why Didn’t You Just Kill Yourself?”

Of course, when it comes to†denying the racial bias in abortion bans, there’s no one the right prefers to bring out than Alveda King, the niece of civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But Alveda has her own blindspots when it comes to compassion, a fact she displayed last week when she suggested that actress Minka Kelly should have just killed herself if she thought her life was too harsh for a new baby.

According to Breitbart News, she asked:

If death is a solution to a life of struggle, then why didnít Ms. Kelly and her boyfriend kill themselves? Not that Iím saying anybody should commit suicide, but I mean, why didnít you carry it all the way? None of us is going to be able to deal with a life of struggle. Ö So no, it had nothing to do with them being concerned about that baby living a life of struggle.

3. “Maybe 12-Year-Old Rape Victims Really Should Give Birth.”

When it comes to incendiary comments, few have gone as hard as far-right pundit Matt Walsh. He doubled down again this week as he argued that a pre-teen girl is better off having a baby if impregnated by a family member since it would “expose” the crime.

Right Wing Watch†reports:

“Rapists use abortion to cover their tracks,” Walsh asserted. “Abortion restrictions can actually protect rape victims, whereas abortion clinics often exploit rape victims and can cause rape to continue.”

Walsh argued that terminating the hypothetical pregnancy of a 12-year-old girl who was raped by her father would destroy evidence of the crime, which is simply untrue, and argued that by having a baby, the crime would be exposed. “Do I apologize for making this point? No, no, I do not, not even a little bit. Iím not ever going to apologize for saying something thatís true,” Walsh said.

4. “It Might Have Been ‘Consensual’ Rape.”

As we’ve seen repeatedly, Republicans are just not good at discussing sexual assault, especially during abortion debates. Sharron Angle suggested that rape victims “make lemonade” from their pregnancies after assault, while Todd Akin claimed that “legitimate rape” wouldn’t get a person pregnant.

Well, once again a Republican in Missouri has made up his own new category of sexual assault — “consensual rape.”

While justifying not allowing a rape exception to the state “heartbeat” ban, former police officer and current†state Rep. Barry Hovis†stated:

Letís just say someone goes out and theyíre raped or theyíre sexually assaulted one night after a college party ó because most of my rapes were not the gentleman jumping out of the bushes that nobody had ever met. That was one or two times out of a hundred. Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes, which were all terrible.

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Barbara S
Barbara S4 days ago


Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin23 days ago

I am really offended that they think being forced to have children would help the black community

Winn A
Winn Adams23 days ago

What Freya said. . . . . . .

Marija M
Marija M25 days ago

Freya said it all. Tks Freya.

Peter B
Peter B25 days ago


Leo C
Leo C25 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace27 days ago


Freya H
Freya H27 days ago

Consensual rape is an oxymoron! If she says no, it's rape. Period. Then again, what do you expect from bugnuts who believe a bunch of fairy tales originally made up by illiterate sheep jockeys?

Karen H
Karen H27 days ago

Our male misrepresentatives seem to think rape is "just sex". They've said, "If rape is inevitable, just lay back and enjoy it." I wonder how this guy would feel having his body invaded. "If it's legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Wonder where this guy got his sex education. "Rape victims should make the best of a bad situation." Wow. "Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape it is something that God intended to happen." So I guess God hates women and wants them to be sexually assaulted. "In the emergency room they have what's called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out." Do you believe that one came from a WOMAN? "You say you got pregnant from rape? You must have enjoyed it." So if a woman doesn't enjoy sex with her husband she can't get pregnant? We seriously need COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION in America!

Ingrid A
Isabel A27 days ago

thanks very much