A small group of Kentucky Democrats criticized pro-lifers Thursday for comparing the slaughter of unborn babies in abortions to the Holocaust and slavery.
Pro-life lawmakers in the state are moving forward with several bills to protect unborn babies’ rights this year, including a bill to ban discriminatory abortions based on an unborn baby’s gender, race or disability, such as Down syndrome, and a bill to ban abortions completely once Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Pro-abortion Democrats not only are unhappy about the bills, they also do not like the way pro-lifers are linking abortion to other human rights abuses in history.
Forward Kentucky reports the state House Black Legislative Caucus and the Women’s House Democratic Caucus held a press conference Thursday demanding that pro-lifers stop comparing abortions to slavery or the Holocaust.
State Rep. Attica Scott, a Louisville Democrat and the only black women in the Kentucky legislature, said the comments are offensive.
“These comparisons are beyond appalling,” Scott said. “In no way is it just or fair to compare a woman’s legal right to choose what happens with her own body to the evil legacy of slavery and lynching in our country and the Holocaust during World War II.”
She also claimed pro-lifers are creating a “hostile and toxic work environment” by using such comparisons, according to the report.
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And Rep. Lisa Willner, of Louisville, whose father was Jewish and who was raised with many Jewish relatives, implored people to stop comparing abortion to the Holocaust that killed millions of Jews.
“I plead for these outrageous comparisons to stop,” she said, recalling concentration camps, gas chambers, and other horrors of the Holocaust.
Also at the event were Reps. Mary Lou Marzian; Jeff Donohue, Reggie Meeks, and Charles Booker of Louisville; Kelly Flood of Lexington; and Derrick Graham of Frankfort.
Pro-lifers did not give into their demands. Pro-life state Rep. Nancy Tate, a Meade County Republican, said the comments are “absolutely” appropriate “when taken in the proper context,” according to the report. Tate is the sponsor of House Bill 5, which would protect unborn babies from discriminatory sex-selection and disability-based abortions.
Black pro-life advocate Angela Minter of Sisters for Life also defended the comparisons by pointing to the disproportionately high number of abortions in the black community.
“I believe it’s black genocide,” Minter said. “More black babies are killed.”
While abortions hurt every race and culture, black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. According to census data, African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but have about 30 percent of the abortions. African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average.
Unborn babies with disabilities also are targeted at a high rate. The BBC estimates that about 80 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with spina bifida are aborted, while CBS News puts the estimate for unborn babies with Down syndrome at about 67 percent.
Treating a certain group of human beings as less valuable leads to discrimination, violence and death. In the case of abortion in America, more than 60 million unborn babies have been killed legally since 1973. Each was an individual, living human being with their own unique traits already established in their DNA. They are human beings who deserve a right to life, but because they are in their mothers’ wombs, society tolerates the deadly discrimination of abortion.
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