Christina Bennett narrowly escaped a violent, brutal death.
Before Bennett was born, her mother almost gave into pressure to abort her, the Connecticut pro-life leader told U.S. House lawmakers on Tuesday, PJ Media reports.
Then, “the kind words of an elderly black janitor” encouraged her mother to walk out of the abortion facility and give her a chance at life, she said.
Now, nearly four decades later, Democrats in Congress are doing the opposite of what that janitor did – encouraging women, especially black and Latino women, to have more abortions. On Tuesday, a House Appropriations subcommittee held a hearing about ending the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortions in Medicaid.
Democrat leaders and abortion activists argued that the amendment, which has strong public support, is racist and needs to go.
But Bennett, the communications director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, said black women like her mother already face intense pressure to abort their unborn babies, and they do not need more.
“I was born in 1981, a year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Hyde Amendment,” Bennett told the committee. “My mother faced intense pressure to abort, leading her to schedule an abortion at Mt. Sinai hospital in Hartford.”
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She said her mother walked out of the abortion facility because of that kindly janitor and saved her life.
“Before she left, the doctor pressured her to go through with the abortion, reminding her that she’d already paid for it. When she insisted on keeping me, he yelled, ‘Don’t leave this room.’ My mother wanted me even though she paid for an abortion,” Bennett continued. “My mother represents women who’ve been coerced into abortion.”
Had her mother stayed, Bennett said she would have been aborted by dismemberment, torn limb from limb while her heart was still beating and then thrown into the trash – “that would have been the reality of what happened,” she told lawmakers.
Since becoming a pro-life advocate, Bennett said she has listened to “hundreds of women” share similar stories of being pressured to abort their unborn babies.
“We can never deny the fact that abortion is the intentional taking of a human life and taxpayers who are morally opposed to this — whether it’s for religious reasons or secular reasons — should not be forced to have to fund this, especially for those of us in the black community who view abortion and what has happened to our community as an act of genocide,” she said.
While abortions harm families of every race and culture, they disproportionately harm black families. Statistics show that while African Americans make up 13 percent of the 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.
Since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, approximately 20 million unborn black babies have been aborted in America.
Many believe these high rates are because abortion industry targets minorities for abortions. Research by Protecting Black Life found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.
Without the Hyde Amendment, even more unborn babies’ and mothers’ lives could be at risk.
Since the late 1970s, the Hyde Amendment has had strong bipartisan support from Congress and the American people. Four years ago, however, Democrat Party leaders abandoned Americans’ priorities in favor of those of the abortion industry and adopted a platform calling for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.
If Democrats succeed, unborn babies’ abortion deaths likely will increase across the U.S. Research by Charlotte Lozier Institute associate scholar Dr. Michael New estimates the Hyde Amendment has saved about 2.4 million babies from abortions, including about 60,000 annually.
Polls consistently show that most Americans do not support the change. A 2020 Marist poll 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, including 35 percent of Democrats.
Even more significantly, a 2016 Harvard/Politico poll found that voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45 percent in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24 percent in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are the ones who oppose it the most.
Democrats have a majority in the U.S. House, and Joe Biden, should he be confirmed as the presidential winner, supports ending the Hyde Amendment, too. Pro-life leaders are focusing on the U.S. Senate where its narrow Republican majority is in jeopardy and, with it, Republicans’ ability to stop radical pro-abortion legislation – such as taxpayer-funded abortions – from becoming law.