Somehow, more dead black children equals racial equality in the minds of Democrat leaders.
Last week, U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, of Illinois, and Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, slammed a ban on taxpayer funding for abortions as “deeply rooted in racism” and filed a bill to repeal it, according to PJ Media.
If they succeed in repealing the Helms Amendments, thousands more unborn babies could be killed in abortions every year. But in the twisted reasoning of Schakowsky, Pressley and other Democrat leaders, that is a good thing.
Their Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act of 2020 would end the popular, long-standing amendment, which prohibits U.S. foreign aid from being used to pay for the killing of unborn babies in elective abortions.
“The Helms Amendment is a policy deeply rooted in racism,” Schakowsky said in a statement. “It imposes our arbitrary and medically unnecessary abortion restrictions on international communities, allowing the United States to control the health care and bodily autonomy of billions of Black and brown people around the world.”
Co-sponsors of the bill include U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey of New York, Diana DeGette of Colorado, and Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier and Norma Torres of California. More than 100 pro-abortion groups also support the legislation, including Planned Parenthood, the International Women’s Health Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
“Just like the Hyde Amendment, the Helms Amendment puts reproductive and economic freedom out of reach for women of color,” Schakowsky said. “But enough is enough, and both amendments must fall if we want to realize true health equity and reproductive justice.”
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Pressley claimed abortions are a fundamental human right, and the Helms Amendment is racist because the amendment makes it harder for black women to get them.
“We must be consistent in our calls to dismantle racist policies that perpetuate inequities and exacerbate health disparities for Black and brown people here in the United States and around the globe,” she said in a statement.
No one is asking why Democrat leaders think black women need more abortions. Already, African Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. Black Americans make up 13% of the population, but they have 36% of all abortions in the U.S.
Since abortion became legal nation-wide in 1973, an estimated 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted in America. In New York City, city health data indicates that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born each year.
It appears that the real health disparities for black women and babies are access to maternal health care, pregnancy and parenting support, not abortions.
Most Americans agree that taxpayer-funded abortions are not a solution. A January poll by Marist University found 75% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions in other countries. Other polling groups have found similarly strong opposition, including among low-income voters.
Research shows that bans on taxpayer-funded abortions do save lives. More than 2.4 million unborn babies have been saved from abortions in the U.S. thanks to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions in federal health care spending. That figure comes from new research by Charlotte Lozier Institute Associate Scholar Dr. Michael New as Democrats push to repeal the Hyde Amendment as well.
In 2019, about 42 million abortions killed unborn babies across the world, including about 900,000 in the U.S.