Ted Cruz Takes Laurence Tribe to Task After He Equates Pro-Life View to White Supremacy

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 13, 2019   |   9:54PM   |   Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz criticized one of his former Harvard Law professors this week for linking pro-life advocates to white supremacists.

“My old con law prof, sadly, being deeply deceptive,” Cruz responded to professor Laurence Tribe’s comments about the pro-life movement. “Abortion targets in particular minority women.”

Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard, ignored the eugenic roots of the pro-abortion movement and the high abortion rates in minority communities when he wrote a post Sunday on Twitter about racism and opposition to abortion.

“White Supremacists oppose abortion because they fear it’ll reduce the number of white infants and thus contribute to what they fear as non-white ‘replacement,’” Tribe wrote. “Never underestimate the way these issues and agendas are linked.”

Cruz, one of Tribe’s pupils and a strong pro-life advocate, corrected him later Sunday.

“Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a vehement advocate of eugenics,” Cruz wrote.

Cruz also pointed to statistics showing the high rate of abortions in the African American community. Black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions. According to census data, African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but have about 30 percent of abortions.

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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.

Additionally, statistics from the New York City health department show that more black babies are aborted than are born in the city.

Prominent white supremacists also have said they support abortion, further refuting Tribe’s claim.

PJ Media reports white supremacist leader Richard Spencer said in 2017, “Pro-lifers want to be radically dysgenic, egalitarian, multi-racial human rights thumpers— and they’re not us.”

Spencer also said, “… and I think we should be genuinely suspicious of people who think in terms of human rights and who are interested in adopting African children and bringing them to this country and who get caught up on this issue.”

Later, Tribe defended his initial comments, saying: “Some have misread this to say that all those who oppose abortion are White Supremacists! Learn to read, folks! I neither said nor implied nor believe any such thing. Some X are Y doesn’t translate to all Y are X. Duh.”