Ga. Senate’s new concern for black children

WASHINGTON — On Capitol Hill, says Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, it’s difficult to discuss women’s health “below the waist.” It’s no easier in the Georgia General Assembly, where annual attempts to restrict reproductive rights lead to ugly sermonizing, outrageous distortions and vile legislation. This year has proved no different.

Georgia’s social conservatives have come up with a new twist on their old tendency to insult women and restrict their choices: They’ve added race to the controversy — the subject isn’t inflammatory enough? —  seeking to draw black supporters with the charge that abortion is tantamount to genocide.

Dutifully taking up the new tack, the Georgia Senate has passed a bill which would outlaw any abortion “with the intent to prevent any unborn child from being born based upon the race, color or gender of the unborn child . .” Are you kidding me? Black women bear black children, so the bill reads like an indictment of any black woman who seeks to terminate a pregnancy.

The bill is patently unconstitutional. It’s also incredibly foolish.

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.

Any review of the history of the Georgia General Assembly shows its harsh — even abusive — treatment of the less fortunate, including children. That tendency has come in to sharper relief with the rise of Republicans, who indulge businesses and the wealthy at the expense of the less affluent.

Their attempts to restrict abortions would force women to bear children, but they have no concern for those children once they leave the womb. Nor do they care about the health of their mothers. Indeed, Georgia’s elected officials can be downright mean to those children and their mothers.

The struggle over the health care reform is just one example. Gov. Sonny Perdue has rushed to get at the head of the line of partisans who want to repeal the law, which would offer universal access to health care for the first time in U.S. history.

Not only would it benefit working class families who cannot afford health insurance, even though they have jobs, but it would also prohibit the worst abuses of health insurance companies. As just one example, the law prevents insurers from banning children because of pre-existing conditions.

If the GOP-dominated Georgia Senate cared about children, it would surely approve of a law which prevents health insurers from restricting their access. It would also approve of health insurance for their mothers, who need access to good medical care to take care of their families.

The new conservative campaign to woo black support draws its inspiration from data showing black women account for about 37 percent of abortions nationally, while they make up less than seven percent of the population. But, as Ross and others point out, black women, especially those without health insurance, are less likely to have access to contraception and, therefore, more likely to have unintended pregnancies. (As for the notion that black children are “endangered,” there’s no reason to fear:  Asian, black and Latino children make up nearly half the  population under 5, according to federal statistics.)

If conservatives wanted to curb the abortion rate, they would join with reproductive rights activists to promote access to contraception. Indeed, the would support the new health care law, which will increase women’s access to birth control pills and devices.

But they haven’t done so. Says Ross, anti-abortion legislators’ motives are “about controlling the behavior of women. If women had more access to contraceptives, they’d have more control over their bodies sand more control over their lives.”

196 comments Add your comment

Joel Edge

March 31st, 2010
8:04 am

Yippee!!!
Health for all. Abortions for all.
See ya in November.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2010
8:06 am

What a waste of time and money.

Georgia has serious issues with healthcare, education, transportation,
water, etc….but in our statehouse wasteful political games and grandstanding are the norm.

Shame on them all.

Bob

March 31st, 2010
8:06 am

Cynthia, If a woman cannot afford a condom she should not be out running around. Such a lame argument you lefties make by saying women cannot come up with $1.29 to keep from getting knocked up.

Joel

March 31st, 2010
8:07 am

The bill is patently unconstitutional. It’s also incredibly foolish.

Now you know how we feel about the health insurance bill!

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2010
8:14 am

Bob

Men wear condoms. If they can’t afford the raincoat they can either keep it zipped or sip saltpeter tea to keep from doing the knocking up.

Tommy Maddox

March 31st, 2010
8:18 am

You’d think some folks would be smart enough to watch TV rather than dumb enough to have unprotected sex.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 31st, 2010
8:30 am

Well, I’m so bamboozled over this topic I don’t know what to think. One part of me says it’s good Those People get so many abortions so we won’t have so many of Those People around. Another part of me says it all has to do with You Know What and we don’t want Those People doing You Know What and going on welfare and us paying all those taxes.

Anyhow, sounds like those godly Republicans down at the statehouse done come up with a sure winner. I can just see all Those People lining up and almost breaking the doors down to vote Republican in November. Or maybe not.

I sure wish Tucker would stop writing about stuff that gets us rednecks tied up in knots about what to think. It makes my brain hurt.

Have a good day everybody.

Reality

March 31st, 2010
8:31 am

I just don’t understand some people’s stance on reproductive rights….. don’t educate people on contraception, don’t allow for abortions for any reason, then condem them for having children.

Does that make sense? Really?

Why does anyone feel that they SHOULD have a say over another persons reproduction?

Keep in mind that that is a separate issue from the affordability of having children – totally separate. And, I think that most people cannot separate these two issues which is where the confusion comes in.

Drifter

March 31st, 2010
8:31 am

Sure, the GOP is a little nuts on the issue. But the Democrats aren’t exactly rational either – you can kill your baby before it’s born, but once it’s born, it’s entitled to free food, free health care, free education, free housing, etc.

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2010
8:33 am

Drifter

This “but once it’s born, it’s entitled to free food, free health care, free education, free housing, etc.” is nonsense.

The Cynical White Boy

March 31st, 2010
8:34 am

The Obama press office is feverishly working to stop this issue from becoming the feminists in his camp vs. the civil rights crowd in his camp.

Sure is coincidental that various forms of pro-Obama articles appear like magic around the country verrrrrrrry close in time. Hmmm…passage of Obama-care? Various ‘independent’ writers spew out stories about ‘terrorist’ activities against Dems who voted for it. Only, the talking points seemed a little too similiar – and seemed to mirror remarks Hoyer had ready just a little too soon. Slick!

Now, it’s back to this issue for Obama’s campaign. They have to stop any fringe of the civil rights crowd from doing battle with any fringe of the feminist crowd. So, blame the Repubs.

This is the 2nd incarnation of this issue from Ms. Tucker. Must be a slow day in the Obama press office. What’s next? An article reviewing the payment for prostitution scandal in D.C.? Ooops, I’m talking about the RNC trip to the strip club, not Barney Frank running a call-boy ring out of his home. He’s the Democrat, so he’s immune from sex scandals, got it?

Reality

March 31st, 2010
8:35 am

@Drifter: I think that you miss the mark when you state “…kill your baby before it is born…” The real question is WHEN does it become a ‘baby?’

I do not agree that it is at conception. The most often used arguement is that the ‘fetus’ is alive at that point. Yes, it is. But, so is the sperm before it meets the egg – so is IT a baby, too?

I honestly don’t understand the PURPOSE of this arguement. Let the parent(s) decide what to do. They are the ones that must live with themselves one way or another.

jt

March 31st, 2010
8:36 am

I believe that the Republicans preempted a potential Democrat-Trial-Lawyer class action lawsuit.
It’s not out of the question in our obscenely litigious society.

At least I would like to believe that.

Reality

March 31st, 2010
8:39 am

@Cynical White Boy: Wow. Are you really that bored to try to create some mythical story about how our President has the time to manipulate these factions? Remember, he was in the middle east yesterday? I seriously doubt that he had time to orchestrate all of which you speak.

david wayne osedach

March 31st, 2010
8:43 am

There should be no special provision for black abortions. Or white. Or yellow.

Do it for the children!

March 31st, 2010
8:48 am

Studies have proven time after time that the best contraceptive is abstinence. Last time I checked saying “No” was still free.

Cynthia, aren’t there other colors beside black? What about the white, red, yellow, and brown children? Or do you not care about that demographic? Perhaps the black community should work on educating the rest. What about the billboards erected in Atlanta that “target” the black populace against abortion. IIRC they were put up by other Blacks…

Scout

March 31st, 2010
8:49 am

“Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world” ………….. even the unborn.

May God forgive us ……… as individuals and as a nation.

ctucker

March 31st, 2010
8:50 am

Do it for the children, the billboards around Atlanta were put up by Georgia Right to Life, an overwhelmingly white organization that has never shown any concern for black or brown children once they are out of the womb

kayaker 71

March 31st, 2010
8:50 am

Now Cynthia is telling us that those who would participate in sex resulting in an unwanted child being born are just not able to get their condoms from some “health care plan”, so it is society’s fault that they get pregnant. It is never the fault of the participants…. they are just doing what nature tells them to do. And when the result is an unwanted child, the argument always is “Well, if the child is unwanted, it won’t be cared for anyway, so we might as well kill it”.
The issue of responsibility is never broached. Whether or not it is the responsibility of the male or the female is a moot point. They both know where babies come from and they are both responsible for their own actions. Nearly 1.2M potential citizens are killed each year by irresponsible people who just don’t want to be bothered. What a sad commentary.

ctucker

March 31st, 2010
8:50 am

Joel Edge

March 31st, 2010
8:52 am

“an overwhelmingly white organization” = bad
in CT land

joan

March 31st, 2010
8:54 am

Your logic is illusive. A white woman can have a half black child too. A little “won’t” power would go a long way, in the lower income community, to cut down on unwanted pregnancies. Unfortunately, the immediate gratification that people want these days doesn’t allow for forbearance or common sense. And of course, when the accident happens, it turns out to be a living being that the rest of us are expected to support for the rest of its life. And if its mom’s life has been generally useless, that is likely the way you can bet its life will go.

Libby

March 31st, 2010
8:56 am

“Remember, he was in the middle east yesterday?”

I don’t think ObamaGod was in the Middle East either!

Granny Godzilla

March 31st, 2010
8:58 am

Libby

“ObamaGod”

Seriously?

ctucker

March 31st, 2010
8:58 am

Joan, Please describe any programs that support any child — black, white or purple — “for the rest of its life”

TINSTAAFL

March 31st, 2010
8:58 am

Just think. If a woman ends up having a child instead of aborting it she will have to, *GASP*, be responsible for the child once it is born! Worst than that. She might even be more responsible with contraceptives in the future!!! And the worst thing yet? She might even get the baby’s daddy to stick around and take care of it!!! They might even get married!!!!! What in the world is our world coming to!

Blue

March 31st, 2010
8:59 am

“black women, especially those without health insurance, are less likely to have access to contraception”. So what does being black and not having insurance have to do with not having “access” to contraception. It’s a few dollars at any convenience or grocery store. Last time I checked, CT, white people and people with health insurance are NOT the only ones that have access to cotnraception.

Drifter

March 31st, 2010
8:59 am

Granny, which free thing did I mention that the Democrats believe is not something the child is entitled to?

Reality, that is the tough question. The best scientific answer is at conception. Some would say when the child is viable, but even that is gray. A child might be considered viable at 5-6 months after conception, but it can’t actually care for itself until way after birth.

The law is already inconsistent. If a street thug sheets a woman in the stomach and kills her baby, it’s feticide. If a doctor does it, he’s a hero (to some).

Gator Joe

March 31st, 2010
8:59 am

Enter your comments here

ctucker

March 31st, 2010
8:59 am

Joel, Perhaps you didn’t read the comment to which I was responding. The commenter believed some billboards calling abortion “black genocide” were put up by “blacks.” I was merely correcting the misinformation.

Red

March 31st, 2010
8:59 am

funny how most lefties support aborotion but oppose the death penalty.

jt

March 31st, 2010
9:00 am

CT-

It is sadly plausible , with more Federal funds flowing into women’s issues(abortion), that 5 or 10 years down the road, some Democrat lawyer will sue over discrimination over more black abortions than white.

The 37% vice 7% abortion rate is tragic and, I sincerely believe, law-suit bait.

Men, and families, are the answer to this issue.

ctucker

March 31st, 2010
9:00 am

kayaker 71, it’s not “society’s fault” that anyone gets pregnant. But “society” has no business telling any woman what she should do about her pregnancy, either.

T-Bone

March 31st, 2010
9:01 am

I think the legislature has just transferred hate crimes to the womb. If it’s good enough for the rest of us why not the unborn? As far as the argument of when does life begin, that’s easy. When the united sperm and egg otherwise known as the zygote begins cell division and differentiation you have life. In most cases, I think this whole “reproductive choice” nonsense is way off the mark. When we assign life and death decisions as a choice we have really lost our way and will ultimately be judged as a nation accordingly. It’s a life, a little bitty person not a choice. 50,000,000 choices and counting have already been made and this is not a good thing.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

March 31st, 2010
9:01 am

Ugh! Get out of bedrooms. All of you. Once elected very few of our “representatives” really cares about their electoral constituency. If anyone is really about protecting and helping poor Black children, let everyone have easy access to healthcare, education, and decent jobs. Unless one is rich or part of a special interest group with a well-funded lobby, the only time the “representatives,” in the General Assembly or Congress, care about us is when we are in the womb (but not our mothers) and when we are dying. Obama is the best choice we could have made, being biracial and experiencing Black and White worlds. However, his skin color alone has brought out the vilest, ugliest, and most dangerous of conservative thought and action. Any elected official who is so unhappy with things should resign and try to find a real job, at a real salary, with real healthcare.

A Different Opinion

March 31st, 2010
9:03 am

I tell you what Cynthia……any group of words can be taken and twisted to say what you want them to say……in this case, you’ve done just that and made a racist thing out of it…..which, by the way, you’re very good at. Are you just trying to be the “Devil’s Advocate” or what, or are you trying to incite the masses? Me thinks you’re just trying to stir the pot…..

Reality

March 31st, 2010
9:05 am

@Red: Funny how most righties support the death penalty but oppose abortion at all costs.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 31st, 2010
9:05 am

I think all of the Sanger-esque eugenicists among us have a strong desire to see a diminishing of African-American reproduction, by whatever means necessary. Many of the rest of us see the similarity to the Holocaust.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

March 31st, 2010
9:06 am

Here’s the problem again. Ms. Tucker said that Black women undergo 37% of the abortions. Which means that White women and others undergo 63%, not 7%. Seven percent is what percentage of the US population is Black women. Pay attention, get the facts, and use a brain for making decisions.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 31st, 2010
9:07 am

Dear Reality @ 9:05, we conservatives favor the death penalty for undesired fetuses also, but only after a trial by a jury of their peers, and subject to 20 years of review by the Appellate courts.

stw

March 31st, 2010
9:09 am

CT; When do you go on vacation, and could I suggest somewhere just across the Mexican border??

Some Guy

March 31st, 2010
9:09 am

I wish people would start taking responsibility for their actions. If you cannot get yourself to the corner drugstore or Planned Parenthood to help yourself then you need to deal with the consequences. The problem is there are to many enablers in this world that can produce an excuse for anybody that has made poor choices.

Then you have people like CT that is not only an enabler but sees the world through racist, hyper partisan, ideologue lenses. Everywhere she looks there are those evil racist conservatives causing havoc and preventing her and her “progressive” pals from achieving their “progressive” utopia.

Keith

March 31st, 2010
9:09 am

Look everyone. Tucker is talking about race! Who would have thought? Why has the AJC not fired her yet? You know what would be nice? If this racist would have a story on how blacks have ruined Atlanta and constantly cause problems in this city by robbing, murdering, selling drugs, etc. Look what they have done to Buckhead, GA Tech, Atlantic Station, etc. How about a story on that?

Blue

March 31st, 2010
9:09 am

Reality: tell me if you can understand this, from a rightie’s mind. I support the death penalty because typically those being executed have done something horrific; killing another human. And given some of the mistakes in the legal system, I would be all for restricting it to cases where there is DNA evidence and NOT just on witness testimony. Now, on the other hand, it has been my experience that unborn babies have typically, with rare exceptions, murdered anybody. I guess I would say “funny how lefties are against killing murderers but oppose saving the lives of unborn children”.

Reality

March 31st, 2010
9:09 am

@T-Bone: You are wrong. Just plain wrong. You say, “it is a life.” Huh? Do you mean that it is alive? And, that is why nothing should be done?

A sperm is alive. So, by your logic, a condom is wrong because it stops the sperms life and purpose.

An egg is alive. So, by your logic, the pill or anything like it, is wrong.

It is not a little itty bitty person. It just is not. It cannot think, make decisions, it cannot cognate, it just exists as a parasite to the female until birth.

Cynthia!

March 31st, 2010
9:13 am

First of all, I cant believe that you actually wrote a full article. You actually didnt steal someone elses. Also, I am so shocked that you talked about race and how the evil republicans have it out for you. Why don’t you do this. First go get a brain, Im sure one of the aborted babies will give you one. Itll definitely be better then the one you have now. Then let it mature a little bit, and then you can come back and write something because you’re an idiot.

joe taxpayer

March 31st, 2010
9:14 am

“conservatives wanted to curb the abortion rate, they would join with reproductive rights activists to promote access to contraception” OMG access is called a drug store. Go to a clinic get a proscription or get one that is sold over the counter. Is that so hard, you mean to tell me that blacks can’t handle that. Only the govt. can help black women from getting pregant.

Reality

March 31st, 2010
9:14 am

@Blue: Yes, I understand what you are saying. But, you are a hypocrit. You mean that for you, a life is extremely important unless they do something you don’t like. Is that it?

You mention the DNA evidence…. what about the thousands of people that are on death row across the nation where their cases were decided BEFORE the DNA technology was availble. Are you okay with just going ahead and killing them anyway?

My question is: who made you the ultimate judge, jury, and moral barometer for the entire human race? It is an individual and very personal decision and NOT OF YOUR BUSINESS!

Scout

March 31st, 2010
9:14 am

To Ms. Tucker @ 9:00am

Nor should they have drafted 25% of the over 58,000 men on that Vietnam Wall to their deaths against their will but they did………………and it’s still the law of the land if we have another draft.

Cynthia!

March 31st, 2010
9:15 am

Why do you insist on doing nothing but bashing the people that do not agree with you. Republicans are not being mean to black women and their children. We simply want people to pay for what they get, and stop getting handouts. Also, we would love for you to stop killing babies.