Saturday, February 27, 2010

Abortion is simply that: Her Choice

The New York Times featured an article on the latest anti-choice movement, which claims that abortion is at the center of a long-running conspiracy to annihilate the black race. (Seriously…)

To disseminate this message, the Georgia Right to Life organization has funneled significant amounts of funding towards displaying billboards claiming that “black children are an endangered species”, developing a website detailing the conspiracy and hiring a black minority outreach coordinator to spread this “knowledge” among black communities. In addition, the anti-choice Mark Crutcher has produced a documentary on the connection between abortion and black genocide, all the while comparing abortion to Nazi tactics and slavery. Planned Parenthood, of course, is primarily targeted as being the primary vehicle for fulfilling the genocide mission.

I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.

For once, let’s get this straight. In addition to offering abortion services, Planned Parenthood offers sexual education information, reproductive health services, including birth control. The attempt of the anti-choice movement to attack Planned Parenthood and to prevent it from operating in black communities means that the anti-choice movement intends to prevent members of the black community from having access to affordable birth control and reproduction education services. Quite obviously, the reduction in available sexual education and birth-control services in any community will result in an increase in unwanted pregnancies. And with unwanted pregnancies come increased abortions. Within their own camps, the failure of their arguments is quite evident- take a simple look at the results of Sarah Palin’s insistence on abstinence-only programs in schools and the result of a teenage pregnancy within her own family. Logic, apparently, is not the forte of the anti-choice movement.

More importantly, are blacks to listen to the anti-choice movement on abortion and black genocide? The anti-choice movement is born primarily of the religious right and has members that consist primarily of white republicans who care so much of the plight of minorities and yet will not hesitate to disparage unwed black mothers, deny them welfare benefits and all the while ensuring that their children, who make up less than 12% of the population, make up more than 50% of the jailed population. (Let’s not get started on the socio-economic cycle involving unwed black mothers and poverty). And when pushed to make a change and improve the circumstances of this demographic, these same members channel our beloved Senator Bunning to say, “tough shit”.

Most, if not all, anti-choice arguments rest on the foundation of a woman’s presumed stupidity. And with the latest claims of abortion-related black genocide, the black person’s presumed stupidity. The NY Times article quoted a pro-choice black female college student who, after viewing Mark Crutcher’s documentary, said, “[If I were to get pregnant now,] maybe I should want to keep my child no matter what my position was, just because of the conspiracy.” That statement = Education FAIL because how about this for a mind-blowing curve ball: DON’T GET PREGNANT?!

This latest campaign of the anti-choice movement is beyond insulting. Black people should and do have more sense than falling for this hateful and racist rhetoric. A woman’s choice to have an abortion remains a choice and NOT her contribution to an alleged black genocide.

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