Abortion Activists Claim Mississippi Abortion Ban Would Hurt Blacks, Ignoring How Abortion Kills Black Babies

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 23, 2018   |   6:03PM   |   Jackson, MS

If they gave out prizes for projecting your own faults on others, abortion activists would win first place.

An article at the liberal news site Vox cried racism in its attacks on pro-life Mississippi lawmakers’ efforts to save unborn babies and mothers from abortion – a disproportionately high number of whom are black.

The law, signed Monday by Gov. Phil Bryant, creates the earliest ban on abortion in the U.S. by pushing back Mississippi’s current limit from 20 weeks to 15. Just a day later, a judge blocked the law.

In an interview with Vox, Laurie Bertram Roberts of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund likened the law to slavery and racism, saying it was “passed on the backs of black women.”

According to the report: “Roberts and other advocates say the earlier cutoff will increase the financial burdens of abortion access, making it that much harder for low-income women — many of whom are women of color lacking comprehensive heath insurance — to access the procedure.”

The article continued:

And for black women in Mississippi, the new law presents a particular set of problems.

Mississippi is the state with the highest percentage of black residents in the country, and the state is also one of the country’s poorest. Mississippi’s black residents struggle with poverty, poor education systems, and the effects of depopulation. Abortion access in the state is limited, according to the Guttmacher Institute: Some 91 percent of women in Mississippi do not live in a county with an abortion clinic.

Should the 15-week ban go into effect, reproductive rights advocates say things will just get harder. “Taking away a week will mean more women we will need [to get] help in-state and more people we will need to refer out of state,” Roberts says.

Women of color often face additional barriers when it comes to abortion access. Roberts says that many of the women she works with also deal with health problems, financial difficulties, and, in some cases, domestic violence. And while many women who undergo abortions are often criticized for their decisions, racism, shame, and stigma can make deciding to get an abortion particularly difficult for black women.

Rather than be concerned by the disproportionately high number of abortions in the black community, abortion activists claim black women need more abortions, and states like Mississippi that promote life-affirming options over abortion are racist. While crying “racism,” abortion activists are attacking those who are working to save black lives from their No. 1 killer – the abortion industry.

Their dangerous mindset treats killing an unborn baby as if it was something good, something needed, something necessary for women. It isn’t. Women will continue to be oppressed while those who claim to fight for their rights say women need to kill their own unborn children to be free. Women and children of every color deserve better than the violence and destruction of abortion.