By Dave Andrusko
To be honest, I appreciate it when the headline to a wildly pro-abortion story doesn’t beat around the bush. Just label those no good pro-lifers for who we are and plow ahead.
Let’s guess where THIS story is headed: “It’s Not Just Men: White Conservative Women Have Played Key Role in Abortion Policy Changes This Year.” Not sure? Another clue.
Who is Janell Ross, the author? We read at the end, “Janell Ross is a reporter for NBC BLK who writes about race, politics and social issues.”
So what is NBC BLK? “The latest news articles, photos and videos that cover stories, issues and opinions of the Black community.”
I spend this much time setting the table for two reasons.
First, to make an obvious point. We can anticipate Ross’ story to implicitly and explicitly accuse pro-life legislation (and legislators) of being steeped in racism. Never mind that Black and Hispanic babies are aborted in wildly disproportionate numbers and that protective laws will save, proportionally, many more babies of color than white babies.
Second, when everything else fails, tarring people with the brush of racism is, unfortunately, an all-too-common pro-abortion fallback position. Take Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe.
On Sunday, he dropped a tweet that made a blatantly inaccurate assertion in order “to insinuate a sinister connection between racist and pro-life views,” to quote National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis.
“It’s a nasty, dishonest campaign, and even Tribe has shame enough to know it. After facing criticism for botching the facts, he wrote another tweet yesterday morning, insisting he hadn’t implied that all abortion opponents are white supremacists.”
DeSanctis appreciated both that there was no “apology” in Tribe’s snarky and dismissive second tweet, and that this was not Tribe’s first invidious, deeply personal assault. Back in May, Tribe tweeted
“Pro-life” is a disgusting misnomer for the movement to turn the clock back to the pre-Roe days. The movement is anti-woman and, often, pro-death too.
Back to Janell Ross’ post. You would think—but you would be wrong—that it would be to the credit of our Movement that female legislators and governors have joined their male compatriots to pass protective laws.
In fact, the dominate narrative —”Men, many of them conservative, have moved to curtail access to legal abortion and even ban it, imposing their will upon women”—misses the real situation, Ross tells us in her first two paragraphs.
The truth is women—white women—are just as no good as the men. Ross writes
The role of white women — long key players in dictating and constraining the reproductive choices of others — is too often discounted and overlooked, experts say. In 2019, new abortion restrictions were passed in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana after white women co-sponsored them, many voted for them and in one state, signed the changes into law. (In those four state legislatures, 48 women — almost all of them white — voted for the restrictions.)
Which “expert” does Ross first quote? Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, a historian at the University of California, Berkeley, who wrote the book “They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South.”
Get it? Slave owners hundreds of years ago, white women are not much better today. At least not white women who support protective abortion laws.
Pro-abortionists recycle the same smears, decade after decade. It’s what they do in the absence of a real defense of what they do (kill babies) in hopes that the public’s attention will be diverted.
These are not nice people.
For us, forewarned is forearmed.