Arizona is the Only State Banning Abortions Targeting Black Babies, But Will the Pro-Life Law Stand?

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 10, 2015   |   1:23PM   |   Phoenix, AZ

Arizona became the first state to pass legal protections for unborn babies targeted for discriminatory race-based abortions in 2011.

Since then, the law has bounced back and forth through numerous challenges in court, filed by pro-abortion civil-rights groups. Today, the law goes before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to The Republic in Arizona.

The court will consider whether the pro-abortion groups that filed the lawsuit have legal standing to challenge the law, the report states. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed the challenge to the law on behalf of the NAACP and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

The pro-life legal group Alliance Defending Freedom is defending the law on behalf of its key sponsor, Arizona state Rep. Steve Montenegro.

“No one should be subjected to abortion because they’re the wrong sex or race,” Montenegro previously said about the law. He pointed to a 2010 Economist magazine article on “gender-cide” that documented a bias against black babies and said many abortions on black babies are done because of the race of the child.

Speaking about the lawsuit in 2014, ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox told LifeNews: “Every innocent life deserves to be protected, and that’s especially true of any babies targeted for death simply because of their sex or race. Nothing about an abortion committed on the basis of sex or race is medically necessary or constitutionally protected. The fact that groups who supposedly exist to protect the interests of minorities and women are attacking this law is scandalous.”

The report from the Republic continues:

According to court documents, the groups are not opposing the law because their members want to seek abortions based on the race or sex of their fetuses, but instead allege the law stigmatizes minority groups by making the assumption that they would want to seek abortions for such reasons. They contended the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

“This law stems from the racist stereotypes that Asian-Americans don’t value women and girls and that Black and Asian-American women can’t be trusted to make our own reproductive decisions,” said Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Dianna Post, with the NAACP Maricopa County branch, said the law suggests Black women are “cold bloodedly committing genocide” or somehow being tricked by the abortion industry into committing that genocide.



“We’ve seen this before: White men controlling the fertility of Black women,” she said.

Abortion advocates also claim there is no evidence in Arizona that such abortions are performed.

However, an undercover investigation by the pro-life group Live Action found that several U.S. abortion clinics, including one in Arizona, were willing to perform sex-selection abortions.

Several studies published in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine also provide evidence of the discriminatory practice of sex-selection abortions in the U.S.

As LifeNews previously reported, the legislation also would ban sex-selection abortions and require women seeking abortions to sign a statement saying they are not obtaining the abortion because of the gender of the unborn baby. The law also prohibits abortions based on the race of the unborn child. The father of the unborn child or the parents of a minor girl would be able to file a lawsuit for civil damages against abortion practitioners that do race-based or sex-selection abortions.

The law makes it a felony to provide financing for such an abortion and supporters of the measure say it is important to root out discrimination that comes in the form of destroying unborn children for gender or racial reasons.

While several states also ban sex-selection abortions, Arizona is the only state that also bans abortions solely because of the baby’s race.