I am an angry black woman. I don’t know about you, but this black woman has had it with the faux superheroes that are making it their superficial mission to save black women from being hazardous to ourselves. The ballad of “woe is the black woman” plays on as this time the focus is on our sacred vessels; our wombs.
The Washington Post reports that on Tuesday Arizona Republican, Rep. Trent Franks, in an effort to save unborn African American babies and their mommas, introduced a bill that will discourage African American women from having abortions. Franks introduced The Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011 with the belief that African American babies are terminated due to race and gender discrimination. The bill calls for the fining or imprisonment, of no more than five years, of anyone who willingly performs such a procedure. So basically, they want to lock up doctors who perform abortions.
Franks’ beliefs are offset by disturbing numbers that show African American women have a higher abortion rate than our counterparts. In the most recent Abortion Surveillance report, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2007 and 2008 abortion rates increased 10 percent for African American women, while rates for white women only increased by 5 percent and 2 percent for Latina women. The Post quotes Franks as saying, “This is the greatest cause of death for the African Americans,” with Franks calling the anti-abortion movement “the civil rights struggle that will define our generation.”
For the person who is not totally paying attention, the proposed legislation seems sensible. However, the claims that African American women are displaying racist and sexist attitudes toward their unborn children are erroneous. Where is that logic coming from? I can only imagine the perplexing look on my OBGYN’s face after telling her I don’t want my unborn baby because it’s not going to be this magical female Justin Bieber look alike; especially since the father and I have genes that are more than likely to produce a mocha colored kid that resembles the “I Love My Hair” Muppet (sans the blue eye shadow). Even more outrageous are the strong claims that abortion is a tool of genocide of the African American community, especially when organizations that yell “genocide” fail to back up the claim with hardcore evidence outside of reported abortion rates (and last time I checked, black women still had some of the highest birthrates. And high birthrates does not a genocide make).
But let’s get to the real. The act of abortion is the easiest scapegoat and addressing it works right in line with political agendas. How slick is it that Franks creates a diversion from the financial Occupy movement and instead chooses to occupy our vaginal walls. No sir, I decline!