Why is it white women who are the ones lobbying most aggressively for abortion on demand, especially for black women and their unborn babies?
Lauren Rankin, a pro-abortion feminist and writer for Refinery 29, recently slammed pro-life Tennessee lawmakers as “racists” for passing sweeping legislation to protect unborn babies from abortion. Rankin, who is white, claimed that black lives are the reason for her outrage.
“[This bill] undoubtedly will cost some Black women their lives,” she wrote.
The pro-life legislation bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It also includes other levels of restriction going up from eight weeks to 24 weeks of pregnancy, which would go into effect depending on what a court may strike down. The bill also would ban discriminatory abortions based on the unborn baby’s sex, race or a Down syndrome diagnosis, and would increase informed consent requirements for abortion facilities.
Pro-abortion advocacy groups already announced a lawsuit, but if the legislation would be allowed to take affect, it would save thousands of mothers and unborn babies, especially black mothers and unborn babies, from the pain and death of an abortion.
Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And New York City health statistics indicate that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born each year.
Even though abortion rates already are extremely high in the black community and abortions are not necessary or life saving, abortion activists claim they are especially important for black women.
“When abortion is banned and criminalized, it is Black women who suffer the most,” Rankin wrote, adding later:
It’s clear that abortion bans disproportionately impact women of color, Black women in particular. Nationally, Black women are up to four times more likely to die in childbirth or of pregnancy-related causes than white women. States like Georgia and Mississippi, both of which passed six-week abortion bans last year, already have some of the worst Black maternal mortality rates in the country. Banning abortion makes it even more difficult for Black women to access reproductive healthcare, and it makes it more likely that they will have to turn to underground methods, thus facing potential criminalization.
Maternal mortality is a serious problem, but aborting unborn babies is not the answer. Women, black or white, should not be told that they need to sacrifice their own children’s lives for their health. Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent.”
Yet, white women like Rankin are pushing killing unborn black babies as the answer – rather than advocating for real solutions that help black mothers and babies.
Trying to paint pro-lifers as the racists, Rankin also questioned why the Tennessee lawmakers passed the bill on Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the freeing of black Americans from slavery in Texas.
“And the timing and nature of the bill’s passage itself reveals its intentions,” she wrote. “Not only was this bill passed in the middle of the night, in a last-minute, surprise move, but it took place in the early morning hours of Juneteenth, a landmark commemoration that marks the day the last-remaining enslaved people in Texas were finally notified of their freedom in 1865.”
The timing is significant but not for the reasons Rankin claimed. Just as black Americans were denied basic human rights for many years, today unborn babies also are denied human rights. They are treated as lesser human beings, destroyed and discarded – often in brutal, barbaric ways such as dismemberment.
Today, many black leaders are speaking out against the horrors of abortion, recognizing it as the civil rights issue of our time. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has been one of the most vocal advocates for unborn babies’ human rights. In 2019, she praised Georgia and Alabama for passing laws similar to the one that just passed in Tennessee.
“The objective is to give the babies civil rights, to protect and to help the mothers, and then to strengthen the family. That is the goal. It’s not too harsh. It’s not too much. It’s not too extreme,” King said.
Other prominent black conservatives, including Lt. Col. Allen West, Day Gardner, Rev. Clenard Childress Jr., Ryan Bomberger, Angela Stanton-King and NFL star Ben Watson also have been speaking out about the targeting of unborn black babies and mothers for abortions.
They recognize that their black community is being targeted for abortions, in ways similar to how they were forced into slavery many years ago. They believe that human rights belong to all human beings, and abortion is the greatest human rights abuse of our time.