Abortion Bans Will Save Black Babies the Most, If Black Lives Matter That’s Great News

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 23, 2022   |   11:08AM   |   Washington, DC

Contrary to the popular narrative in the mainstream media, the pro-life laws that are going into effect across the country will benefit African American families and save black lives.

African American women statistically have a disproportionately high abortion rate compared to other racial groups, meaning abortion bans will save many, many unborn black babies’ lives in the coming years.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, more than a dozen states have begun enforcing laws that protect unborn babies from abortion. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates about 120,000 unborn babies already are being saved from abortion as a result. And more state pro-life laws are slated to go into effect soon.

However, abortion activists and mainstream news outlets are portraying these laws as the opposite, claiming they will harm and oppress African American women and families. For example, this week Bloomberg published an article under the headline, “Black women are hardest hit by abortion restrictions sweeping the deep south” – ignoring how these laws are saving their children’s lives.

The article cited health statistics that show the abortion rate is approximately four times higher among black women compared to white women in America. And it estimated approximately 10 million black women of childbearing age no longer have easy access to abortion because of state pro-life laws.

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“It’s a system of inequality, it’s a system of oppression,” Michelle Colón, founder of the pro-abortion group Sisters Helping Every Woman Rise and Organize in Mississippi, told the news outlet.

But Roe was the real oppressor. Now, pro-life laws are freeing babies in the womb from violence after decades of being treated as less equal human beings, and hundreds of thousands may be spared from violent abortion deaths every year as a result. An estimated 20 million unborn African American babies have been aborted since Roe in 1973.

While abortions hurt families of every race and color, black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. 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 show that more unborn black babies are aborted in the city than are born most years.

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In the states that have moved quickly to enact restrictions, Black women make up a far larger proportion of abortion seekers than in places where abortion remains legal.

In Mississippi, Black patients accounted for 74% of all abortions in 2019, far above the national average of 38%, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, the state has a total abortion ban, and its only clinic plans to relocate to New Mexico.

In neighboring states, where bans or extreme restrictions are proliferating, the figures tell a similar story. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas — where Black women seek abortions more than any other demographic — have all enacted near or complete bans this year.

Some women will travel to other states to abort their unborn babies and others may order abortion drugs through the mail, but others will have their babies. Research shows and even some abortion activists admit that pro-life laws do stop abortions and save unborn babies’ lives.

“The reality is people are not going to be able to travel out of state,” Robin Marty, an abortion worker at the West Alabama Women’s Center, told Bloomberg.

The article included complaints that black women will suffer if they cannot abort their unborn babies, pointing to high poverty and maternal mortality rates among African Americans. But abortions are not solutions to these problems.

Pro-life advocates are working to provide real solutions to mothers and babies of all races by expanding Medicaid to pregnant and parenting mothers, providing education and counseling, and offering free diapers and cribs, ultrasounds and pregnancy tests, temporary shelter, scholarships, financial aid and more.

Black lives matter to the pro-life movement, and pro-life efforts are saving black lives every single day through laws, charities, educational efforts and personal outreach to ensure that every mother and every child is valued.