Black Lives Matter Opposes Pro-Life Measure Banning Dismemberment Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 3, 2020   |   5:05PM   |   Washington, DC

Black Lives Matter leaders joined abortion activists this week to oppose a Colorado ballot measure that would protect unborn babies from late-term abortions.

On Wednesday, abortion activists launched a website to keep late-term abortions legal in Colorado, with endorsements from Black Lives Matter, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Men4Choice and others, Colorado Politics reports.

Colorado is one of a few states that allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to birth, and late-term abortionists there openly advertise abortions in the third trimester. In November, Coloradans will have the opportunity to approve Proposition 115 and end the barbaric practice of late-term abortions in the state.

Abortion activists bragged that they have endorsements from 200 groups in opposition to the pro-life measure Wednesday, according to the report.

“Our endorsements are growing by the minute,” pro-abortion activist Stefanie Clarke said.

Clark claimed the ballot measure is sneaky and intentionally confusing, according to the local news. But it really is quite simple. If it passes, Colorado would prohibit abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy when unborn babies are viable outside the womb. Exceptions would be allowed if the mother’s life is in danger.

The pro-late-term abortion stance from Black Lives Matter is especially concerning because of the disproportionate number of unborn Black babies who are aborted every year.

While abortions harm families of every race and culture, they disproportionately harm Black families. Statistics show that while Black Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, they have 36 percent of all abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate among Black women is almost five times higher than it is among white women. And in New York City, health data indicates that more Black babies are aborted than are born alive annually.

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Colorado reported 171 abortions at 21 weeks or later in 2019, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The report did not break down the late-term abortion numbers by race.

A department official admitted that the number is almost certainly an under-count.

As Colorado Politics reports:

Kirk Bol, CDPHE’s Manager of the Statistics Program, agrees that their numbers may be skewed down, telling Colorado Politics in an email that “it should be noted that we believe induced terminations in Colorado to be underreported,” adding, “We don’t know the true extent of potential underreporting, nor the differential impact on various gestational ages.”

It also is likely that most of the late-term abortions were purely elective. Abortion lobbyists admit that most late-term abortions are done on healthy mothers carrying healthy babies. Research by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute also admits that “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”

Colorado is very liberal politically, and pro-life advocates have had a difficult time passing moderate abortion restrictions there. Even fetal homicide laws to punish criminals who kill unborn babies in situations unrelated to abortion have been rejected repeatedly by the state legislature.

However, a 22-week abortion limit could gain the support of moderate voters who do not think abortions should be outlawed but do support modest restrictions. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose late-term abortions after a baby is viable.

Pro-life advocates are rallying support for the proposition through the “End Birthday Abortions” campaign. They estimate at least 300 viable, late-term babies are aborted in Colorado every year.

Colorado pro-life advocate Giuliana Day said she is not worried about the endorsements

“Instead of focusing on getting endorsements, we are using our time communicating with the people and getting their support,” Day told the local news.

A 2019 Gallup found that 60% of Americans want all (21%) or almost all (39%) abortions made illegal. Similarly, a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that just 6% of Americans said abortions should be allowed “up until the birth of the child.”