Abortion And Hatin’ On Black Women

Abortion rights supporters and pro-life supporters protest outside the US Supreme Court during the 44th annual March for Life on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Anti-abortion activists are gathering for the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, protesting the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Ladies, you can’t look up these days without seeing another move by the Trump administration to block women’s access to abortion.   We aren’t surprised.   But, SuzyKnew! just can’t keep up.

In early February, The Donald asked the U.S. Congress to ban “late-term abortions,” a rare procedure carried out when severe, often-fatal, medical issues are involved.  A “born-alive abortion survivor” act was introduced in the Senate.  This move unleashed a frenzy of spurious and crazy articles from supporters on “born-alive abortions” and “infanticide.”

Then later in February The Donald announced his administration was banning any organization that provided abortion services or referrals, (read Planned Parenthood) from receiving federal funds.  Just a few minutes ago, the state of California announced they were suing the Trump administration’s behind over this, explaining that this move would prevent or “gag” doctors from discussing abortion, a constitutional right, with their patients.

What jumps out in the midst of all these articles around the Trump administration’s moves against abortion is that those who are supportive are often dripping with intense hate for black women. Most noticeably Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Jason Riley. His recent op ed “Let’s Talk About The Black Abortion Rate.” is horrific.  It was worse than all the “born alive” and “abortion after birth” sci-fi talk  because what came through so loud and clear was that this writer, a black man, has some serious issues with black women – and I don’t think it’s all about abortion.

This man has no empathy – only shade and hate – for Sistas’.

Nationally, black women terminate pregnancies at far higher rates than other women as well. In 2014, 36% of all abortions were performed on black women, who are just 13% of the female population. The little discussed flip side of “reproductive freedom” is that abortion deaths far exceed those via cancer, violent crime, heart disease, AIDS and accidents. Racism, poverty and lack of access to health care are the typical explanations for these disparities. But black women have much higher abortion rates even after you control for income. Moreover, other low-income ethnic minorities who experience discrimination, such as Hispanics, abort at rates much closer to white women than black women.
The more plausible explanation may have to do with marriage. Unmarried women are more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy, and black women are less likely than their white, Asian and Hispanic counterparts to marry. It’s true that many of these would-be partners are sitting in prison, but it’s also true that this racial divide in marriage, which started in the 1960s and has grown ever since, predates the “mass incarceration” of black men that took off in the 1980s.

After reading this, you’re left thinking, “Wow, black women must be awful people.” The article throws shade and offers no context not to mention an argument for why black (or other women) would want to be forced to give birth against their will.  Rewire published a nice push back, but I’m still left wondering why does this man hate black women so much.

Ladies, if people only have hate for us.  We don’t need ’em!

 

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