Abortion and women… That’s what it comes down to, or should. Race or “color” has nothing to do with making one of, if not the, most important choices in a woman’s life. But anti’s, of course, have already targeted and work at attacking women in the Black community from another angle; an extra sickening angle.
The topic of abortion being ‘genocide’ and ‘racism’ is something I feel vehemently about as an abortion rights activist, of course, but also as a fervid and dedicated advocate and activist against racism in addition to being a member of the universe… My loved ones are impacted by these types of BS lies; while all women are targets of anti-choice lies and abuse, but Black women in particular are targets of what anti’s try to do by abusing racism in this country.
The idea is that there is a plan behind abortion to kill off the Black community. If this were the case, I would love to know why abortion has been around since the very first documented civilization [Kemet/Egypt]. Their writings show the procedure and it has been used throughout the past thousands, and thousands, of years.
In addition, wild animals have the ability -which they use- to self abort when they are in situations that is unsafe, unhealthy or otherwise not right for the developing organism they carry. [Want proof of this? Please subscribe, I am working on my blog and video post schedule for the month of February to be posted shortly- this topic will be addressed in detail.]
So let’s think… Um, if abortion is so natural that even animals instinctively know when it is needed; and given abortion has been a medical procedure going on since, more likely than not even before, but without a doubt since civilizations first recorded history, thousands of years ago… Not to mention the obvious fact that abortion encompasses women of all colors and nationalities and the transparency of the movement against abortion and the anti’s attack on abortion with any type of lie they can come up with, no matter how sickening or low that lie may be.
And just for the record, if we are going to bring ‘color’ into this, white women tend to abort more than all other nationalities; including more than Black women. That doesn’t mean anything other than… anti’s are trying to use fear and hate tactics, as always, to scare women into forced births they are not ready for. Deception is anti’s best and only truth.
Abortion is natural, abortion is a medical choice made when a woman -of any race- feels it is right for whatever reason. If it’s her choice, that should be all there is to it…
And yes, abortion is obviously far more safer now than it was thousands of years
ago. But the point is reminding women of the deceptive transparency in the anti’s assault on the Black community; using and abusing the sick racism that is too much alive in this country.
The bottom line is this: The anti-choice/anti-life are attacking Black women in particular…and this is one of many reasons regarding why this misconception and deceptive lies behind these anti-choice claims… Claims based on nothing but their own self interest….
Exposing this is VITAL. Article begins:
Over the past few decades, we have seen conservatives distort our legacies of struggle, erase the disproportionate impact of their policies, and co-opt our victories – remember Glenn Beck’s attempt to reclaim the civil rights movement from those who have “distorted” it? More recently and preposterously, the Christian right and some groups on the left have been whitewashing black history in the movement for women’s autonomy – even using it and our children against us without our full consent. They’ve rewritten history to the point that many believe our ancestors were fervently antiabortion, and still would be today. We’ve allowed them to change the legacy of our leaders, and it’s time we take it back. It’s time we tell our own stories.
Abortion for black women has always been a revolutionary rejection of patriarchy, white supremacy and forced systems of oppression. The great scholars Patricia Hill Collins and Angela Davis have explained that throughout slavery and into the 20th century, self-abortion through herbal remedies, hangers, hatpins and pencils were a way out of slavery and poverty. Our ancestors fought hard to refuse to carry the children of their master rapists and rear another generation of slaves, even when it meant that “barren” women were deemed worthless chattel and sold between plantations. From generation to generation, stories and recipes were passed down to ensure that women weren’t forced to carry pregnancies they never desired or weren’t able to carry healthily. For as many powerful women that raised children in the worst conditions imaginable, so there were those who refused.
Antiabortion activists think themselves clever when they compare abortion to slavery, but reams of historical records prove their narrative to be rooted in quicksand. They have ignored the stories of men and women being raped, beaten, starved and worked literally to death and the reverberating effects of that most inhumane of institutions. It is indeed preposterous to assert that a free black woman deciding her own fate as her ancestors have done for centuries (including within the context of slavery) is a perpetrator of the crimes from which she continues to suffer.
Black women have been a part of the workforce since our arrival on these shores. But as our elders joined the ranks of laborers during World War I, they found a great need for access to birth control and abortion. In “When Abortion Was a Crime,” historian Leslie J. Reagan writes that hospitals and the medical establishment, already mainly white-serving, sought to disenfranchise midwives and keep them from providing abortions while community doctors set up clinics to help families access then-illegal abortion care. In Detroit, Dr. Edgar Bass Keemer Jr. provided abortions from 1938 through the 1950s, ensuring that black women had access to safe abortion care regardless of their income. Whether contraception or abortion, men and women in the black community have always banded together to provide for the needs of our own.
During the civil rights movement, economic justice and equality were central to organizing – and Martin Luther King Jr. knew that family planning was key to achieving them. Many activists today say that King would be “pro-life,” but we have stories and his own words to the contrary. In 1966, Planned Parenthood honored him for his work in opening access to family planning methods; his wife, Coretta Scott King, accepted the award on his behalf. King explained that because black workers were often relegated to low-wage jobs, limiting family size was important to economic success. “For the Negro,” he said, “intelligent guides of family planning are a profoundly important ingredient in his quest for security and a decent life.” The day she accepted the award, Coretta Scott King said she was “proud to be a woman.”