If you’re still of the mindset that abortion isn’t about preying on women of color, here’s some more proof for the ever-growing pile: an Ohio state representative actually proposed an amendment to the state’s recently-passed “heartbeat bill” that would have specifically exempted African American women, allowing them – and only them – to seek abortions up until the state’s current 20-week limit.
Ohio’s latest abortion law, signed just last Friday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, restricts abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around the 6th week of pregnancy.
But if she'd gotten her way, state Rep. Janine Boyd’s proposed amendment would have added one simple line: “African-American women shall be exempt from the requirements in sections 2919.192 to 2919.196 of the Revised Code."
“Black slaves were once treated like cattle and put out to stud in order to create generations of more slaves,” Boyd, a Democrat, argued. “Our country is not far enough beyond our history to legislate as if it is.”
Of course, it's not clear how singling out black babies for murder is any better than the slavery Boyd's condemning, but that irony is almost always lost on abortion advocates.
Boyd’s measure failed, but the message still rings loud and clear: the billion-dollar abortion industry’s goal is not to protect women or “choice,” but to systematically target low income women, particularly minorities. More than 70 percent of all Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are located in minority communities, and the effect is staggering. The abortion rate sits at a stunningly disproportionate 36 percent, despite blacks only making up about 13 percent of the entire U.S. population.
In New York City, more black babies are aborted than born.