For House Republicans, this year has been the year of outlandish answers to non-existent problems. And tomorrow, they will offer the magnum opus of their 2011 campaign against a woman’s right to choose: the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA). The bill seeks to somehow protect the “civil rights” of fetuses by banning physicians from performing abortions based on the fetus’s race or sex. While the woman would be exempt from prosecution, physicians who perform the procedure can be sued for damages...The act of such selective abortion would be a problem worth addressing if it was actually a problem. In his own state of Arizona (which recently passed a statewide version of this bill), not one state official or independent search offered any support for the claim that women abort babies based on race. What’s more, not only have the number of baby girls born increased since abortion became legal but only 5 percent of abortions take place beyond the point when a fetus’s sex can be determined. In reality, rather than addressing any verifiable prejudice, the bill actually exacerbates the discrimination Franks claims to be targeting.Notice that the solutions at the end of the quote are all things that contribute to the need for abortion in the first place. Get women to have sex, provide birth control which is never 100 percent effective, give them health care that will cover abortion, and somehow that is supposed to reduce the number of abortions. Sorry, do not expect Liberals to take a stand against the unrestrained oppression of the unborn.
The real reasons behind high abortion rates among African Americans and minorities are complex. Higher rates of unintended pregnancies, inadequate health insurance, substandard health care, ineffective use of birth control, and poor sex education often leave abortion as the only choice for women. The chief reason behind abortions is unintended pregnancy, not unwanted race or sex.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
When I first heard of this last week, I knew that open minded and minority loving Liberals who care about social justice, would oppose stopping the murder of female and minority babies. Of course, the Left does not disappoint. From Feministing via Think Progress:
Liberal Opposition To Protecting Minority Babies From Abortion Is Disturbing
Blue Collar Todd