For nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade has had devastating effects on African American families.
Unborn black babies are killed in abortions at a disproportionately high rate, and more than 20 million have lost their lives to abortions since 1973. Their mothers also are targeted and discriminated against by the abortion industry, and many women’s abortion deaths in recent years have been young black mothers.
The possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe later this year and allow states to ban abortions again should be met with hopeful anticipation especially for the black community.
Yet, major news outlets are trying to flip the situation and portray the potential overturning of Roe as something bad for African Americans.
The Associated Press, once considered a trustworthy, unbiased source of news, promoted this pro-abortion position in an article this week.
“Women of color in states with already restrictive abortion laws often have limited access to health care. If abortions are outlawed, the same women will likely have the hardest time terminating pregnancies or raising the children they would bear,” the report states.
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It pointed to statistics showing a disproportionately high number of abortions among black women in Mississippi, Texas and other states that likely will ban abortions if Roe is overturned.
According to the report, blacks make up 44 percent of the population of Mississippi but they have 80 percent of the abortions in the state. In Texas, African Americans make up 59 percent of the population and have 74 percent of the abortions, the investigation found.
The report quoted several abortion activists who basically argued that black women need to be able to abort their unborn babies to get out of poverty.
“Abortion restrictions are racist,” Cathy Torres with Frontera Fund, a Texas group that helps women pay for abortions, told the news outlet. “They directly impact people of color, black, brown, Indigenous people … people who are trying to make ends meet.”
Laurie Bertram Roberts, executive director of the Yellowhammer Fund, an Alabama group that helps women pay for abortions, said much the same, telling the AP that black women in conservative states often are poor and struggling. She and others pointed to problems with high maternal and infant mortality rates and a lack of sex education and access to basic health care.
“We’re talking about folks who are already marginalized,” Roberts said.
These are real problems, but the solution is not to kill unborn children. Medicare, WIC and other government programs are available to pregnant and parenting families, and pregnancy resource centers and other charities provide additional financial and material resources, education and support to mothers and babies.
Andy Gipson, former Mississippi state lawmaker who helped pass the law before the Supreme Court that could overturn Roe, told the AP that pro-life laws recognize the “innate value” of every human being from the moment their life begins.
“I absolutely disagree with the concept that it’s racist or about anything other than saving babies’ lives,” Gipson said. “It’s about saving lives of the unborn and the lives and health of the mother, regardless of what color they are.”
Tanya Britton, a black pro-life sidewalk counselor and former president of Pro-Life Mississippi, told the AP that abortion is a tragedy, not a solution to black women’s struggles. If all the black babies who were aborted would be alive today, she said they would make up the population of several large cities.
“You just can’t take the life of someone because this is not convenient,” Britton said.
Overturning Roe v. Wade would mean hundreds of thousands of unborn babies likely would be spared from abortions every year across the U.S. These would include babies of all races and skin colors, babies who, just like everyone else, deserve a right to life.