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Category: Politics, Health, Race/Ethnicity, Reproductive Rights

Dangerous “Prenatal Discrimination Bill” Crafted by GOP

| February 7, 2012

An article written by Nick Baumann and published yesterday in Mother Jones, “House GOP Memo: ‘Abortion Is the Leading Cause of Death in the Black Community’,” discusses a new “prenatal discrimination bill” proposed by the GOP. The bill attempts to distinguish between “black abortions” and abortions in general and claims that “abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community.” 

Baumann cites critics who say that “it would be next to impossible to prove that an abortion was obtained on the basis of race or gender” and that the provision “could lead to nuisance suits against abortion providers by family members who are opposed to abortion on principle.”

Aside from the blatant infringement on the reproductive right of women to determine the course of their own pregnancy, this bill, in the words of Loretta Ross of SisterSong, tries to “hijack the civil rights legacy in the service of conservative causes…to appropriate the mantle of the civil rights movement in a really despicable way.”

Coopting the message of the Civil Rights Movement, the “prenatal discrimination bill” resists any discussion of abortion as connected to public health and institutional racism in favor of an oversimplified, factually inaccurate portrait of black children as “an endangered species.” Read the full article here.