Louisiana includes some of the last bastions for life in the Democratic Party.
State Rep. Katrina Jackson and Gov. John Bel Edwards both are Democratic leaders who put their support behind a new law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.
Jackson, who also is an African America, defended her vote Monday on NBC News, saying she believes abortion is a “modern-day genocide,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“I think it mitigates our race’s voting power, it hurts our race’s power in the census. I really consider it to be modern-day genocide,” Jackson said.
While abortions hurt every race and culture, Jackson is correct that it hurts African Americans more than any other racial group. 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. The African American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19, according to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute. The national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19.
For similar reasons, Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., recently praised new pro-life laws in the southern states for granting “civil rights” to babies in the womb.
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In Louisiana, Jackson also is advocating for an amendment to the state constitution that would confirm there is no right to abortion in the state.
Last week, Gov. Edwards signed the Louisiana heartbeat bill into law. When it goes into effect, the law will prohibit abortions when a human heartbeat can be detected. An abdominal ultrasound can detect a heartbeat between six and 12 weeks.
“As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone,” Edwards said in a statement.