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11:00am April 5, 2010

Georgia Abortion Bill Targets African American Women

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“Black children are an endangered species.”

That is the message you will see in gigantic letters on 80 billboards in Georgia. This message, alongside pictures of African American infants, is plastered almost exclusively across Dekalb County and Fulton County, areas with some of the highest concentrations of black residents in the state. There is no coincidence that Georgia House Bill 1155 and Georgia Senate Bill 529, which seek to criminalize “race-based” abortions, are currently making their way through the Georgia legislature.

A concerted effort by the Georgia Right To Life group for the last year to target the black community is the genesis behind these bills. According to www.TooManyAborted.com, the organization behind the billboard blitz, Dekalb County and Fulton County are also where 67% of Georgia abortions are performed. On March 26th, 2010 the Georgia Senate passed SB 529, the Coercion and Non-discrimination ban. The bill passed through the Georgia Senate 33-13 and now heads to the Georgia House of Representatives. The bill is a companion to House Bill 1155, the Prenatal Non-discrimination act.

These proposed bills would make it illegal for anyone to solicit or coerce a woman to have an abortion “based in any way on account of the race, color, or sex of the unborn child.” Doctors would face up to 10 years in prison if they perform an abortion despite knowing that the woman has been coerced. The women who get the abortions would not be criminally liable at all, the bill states.

Supporters of Georgia bill: Abortion providers are racist, Macon.com

A concerted effort by the Georgia Right To Life group for the last year to target the black community is the genesis behind these legislative bills. According to www.TooManyAborted.com, the organization behind the billboard blitz, Dekalb County and Fulton County are also where 67% of Georgia abortions are performed.

In 2009, Georgia Right To Life took money that it normally used for advertising a pregnancy hot line and hired a black woman, Catherine Davis, to be its minority outreach coordinator.

Ms. Davis traveled to black churches and colleges around the state, delivering the message that abortion is the primary tool in a decades-old conspiracy to kill off blacks.

Across the country, the anti-abortion movement, long viewed as almost exclusively white and Republican, is turning its attention to African-Americans and encouraging black abortion opponents across the country to become more active.

To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case, New York Times

Catherine Davis, the Georgia Right To Life’s Minority Outreach coordinator, was an unsuccessful Republican candidate in Georgia’s 4th congressional district in 2006, a seat currently held by Democratic congressman Hank Johnson.

It “sends a strong signal to women that it is okay to set up categories of discrimination against women who seek abortions,” said Loretta Ross, executive director of the Atlanta-based SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, a coalition of reproductive rights organizations opposed to the proposed Georgia abortion law. Pulitzer Prize winner and nationally syndicated columnist Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has also weighed in on the abortion bills, calling them “patently unconstitutional” and “incredibly foolish” for “adding race to the abortion controversy.”



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Kris Broughton
Kris Broughton combines searing opinions with emotionally engaging commentary to provide insightful, original criticism of today's social and political events. He is the blogger behind Brown Man Thinking Hard, and a blog contributor at Big Think.com. His work has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, the Post Tribune, Beacon News, and TV ONE Online.




 
 

 
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  2. Anonymous

    Watch the 2 hour documentary Maafa21 Black Genocide in 21st Century America and learn the real truth about Planned Parenthood. Maafa21 is the most stunning and “offensive” look behind the racist and eugenic mentality still going on today. The producers of Maafa21 went directly to the source, researching the information from the papers of Margaret Sanger , Planned Parenthood, their board, and their eugenic supporters. Fully documented quotes and video of the founders and US eugenics society links to Hitler and the Nazis will leave you stunned. Maafa21 shows evidence that Margaret Sanger – founder of Planned Parenthood was a member of the American Eugenics Society (AES), spoke to their meetings, met with their VP’s and also spoke to the KKK (proof in Sanger’s autobiography). In addition, other Planned Parenthood members were Eugenics Society members, including Alan Guttmacher, who was at one time the Vice President of the AES. Maafa21 will leave you asking how Planned Parenthood receives millions of tax dollars a day from the American Government. Get a copy of Maafa21 – here (clip) http://www.maafa21.com


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  5. I found it hard to believe when I first learned about the eugenics agenda behind planned parenthood, but the figures and the curious way that clinics abound in black and hispanic neighbourhoods tell their own story.

    This sickening trend was in the back of my mind when I wrote the prolife song First Black President


  6. Mea

    Margaret Sanger first formed Planned Parenthood a century ago. Needless to say many things have changed since then. The only form of birth control available a century ago was the condom and that was not easy to get. The only abortions were illegal, self-induced or back alley. Any racial motives for abortions certainly do NOT exist today and no one is sought out to have an abortion. Abortion clinics are available for women to want or need to use them but the clinics and Planned Parenthood don’t go out soliciting patients – the patients come to them. black babies are NOT an endangered species because of abortion clinics. Black babies have the highest rate in infant mortality in the world; primarily because of poor prenatal care by the mother and poor nutrition and healthcare after birth. don’t blame Planned Parenthood. I read the obituaries every day and it breaks my heart when I see that another baby has died.


  7. Amy

    Folks, abortion providers do not make lots of money since most abortions are sought by women who, by definition, know they cannot support a child for various reasons (mostly lack of money and health insurance to adequately care for a child). In other words, this is not a population of patients with insurance or lots of money to begin with. Of course many abortion clinics will be located in lower rent areas where they can actually get a lease and afford to operate and where poor patients can access their services (including birth control). It has nothing to do with racism or eugenics- and has everything to do with economics and the lack of value our society puts on children and women's health overall. Duh!

    Another thing, I used to work at an abortion clinic and we would not do abortions for any women who wanted to have a baby or even for those who thought they'd never be able to forgive themselves for having an abortion. We are smart and caring humans just like other health care providers. Also, outside participants are generally not allowed operating rooms for a host of obvious reasons. I'm not sure how a woman can be coerced if a coercer is not with her in the operating room. We also asked every patient if she felt she was being forced in any way way and gave her every chance to tell us or change her mind completely and walk out of the clinic (with a list of low cost prenatal care providers and medicaid eligibility info, BTW). On top of that, no clinic staff would force an abortion on anyone under any circumstance. It would not even be physically possible unless the woman was unconscious. Most are awake because they can't afford to pay for extra sedation anyway.

    This bill is a farce and has no legitimacy in relation to race or gender or coercion. If it did, it would propose at least something to change the rotten conditions in our society in which disadvantaged pregnant women see no way they can raise a happy and healthy child. Why don't we start there instead of wasting everyone's time and energy on stupid bills like this?


  8. Brotha of the Unborn

    I sounds to me Amy that you have sold you soul to those who want to wipe non-white people off the face of this planet!! Have you ever explored the web-site of Life Dynamics Incorporated and watched the DVD Maafa 21!?


  9. Yessir Master

    Hmm…let's see…when you were slaves, you owned nothing, controlled nothing and worked as long as I told you to without any wages. I kept you dirt poor and told you to have as many children as possible and I would give you a day off. You bragged about your man hood.

    Now you have access to free education (which you skip), free internet (which you listen to self degrading garbage), more cars, clothes and shoes than you have space for in your government subsidized house. So I tell you to kill your children because you cost me too much taxes and you are too lazy to work for your own economic future…what is your problem?


  10. Ken

    That comment sounds like it comes from someone outside of the health care system. Amy is absolutely right. This bill is nothing but political grandstanding by representatives who know they can fool most of the electorate. I think anyone who believes this bill will change anything is misinformed. There are already these safeguards in place by the health care system. The Republicans are not for minorities unless they think they can dupe them into voting for them. It makes me sad reading comments like this.


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