When it comes to abortion, I admit I have mixed feelings. First of all, I was given up for adoption a few weeks after my birth, so I’m only too aware that I might never have existed had my biological mother decided not to proceed with the pregnancy. However, while I’m not in favor of abortion, personally, I regard any woman’s decision to discontinue a pregnancy as being hers alone – along with input from family members and the medical profession – and not the subject of government diktat, since government serves only itself, never the individual.
What, then, is driving the Republican Party’s anti-abortion hysteria, which risks alienating the greater part of the electorate, namely, women? I assert it has nothing to do with the sanctity of life! I base my claim on the clear evidence that the Republicans and their Democratic counterparts, by their actions, appear equally committed to the eradication of large numbers of brown and black people across the entire planet – including within the U.S., its self – by means of incarceration, war, covert military and intelligence operations, drone attacks, financially induced famines, environmental destruction and pollution.
Consider the statistics provided for 1995, by the web site, AbortionFacts. They are quite revealing! Of all the abortions undertaken during that year, 57.8 percent were white, 33.9 percent were black, while only 5.3 per cent were other racial types. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention web site contains more recent information. I quote from their report “Among women from the 37 areas that reported race for 2007, white women (including Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women) accounted for the largest percentage (55.9%) of abortions; black women accounted for 36.5% and women of other racial groups for 7.6% of abortions…”
So, over a fourteen year period, the percentages have changed very little! It would be simplistic to fixate on this one figure: the analysis is far more complex than that! However, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the demographic shift in political power, from white to non-white, resulting from the higher birth rates of non-whites is exacerbated by the act of abortion.
Much of the impetus for the Republican assault on abortion comes from the religious right in America, who fund so many of its politicians. The same religious right which has demonstrated by its clamorous support for Bush’s crusade against Islam – dutifully continued under Obama – a commitment to the continuation of White Supremacy. Perhaps this is also the motivation for the Creationism movement? It was Bishop James Ussher who insisted the Earth was a mere six thousand years old, but he was motivated less by truth than the desire to establish the superiority of the scholarship practiced by the clergy of his reformed faith over that of the Jesuits, the resolutely intellectual Roman Catholic order. His work featured prominently in the Scopes trial, thereby introducing an act of religious ‘oneupmanship’ into a serious scientific legal debate. Is it any wonder modern America is so schizophrenic? Though I have no problem with those who believe that the Bible is a literal history of Earth, and do so honestly and in true faith, this is not what the abortion and evolution debates are about at the political level. While the theory of evolution is anathema to the White Supremacist because it implies that, not only did humans evolve from primates, but that the first humans were likely black skinned, abortion, as it pertains to the white race, is potentially a death sentence!
Right wing religious leaders are driven not only by dogma, the need to remain relevant and the desire to control the prevailing social dialogue, many claim they – white people, that is – have the God given right to govern the entire world, even to the point of orchestrating its eventual destruction! (See, Dispensationism and Dominionism). How are they different to Xerxes, Attila the Hun, the Romans or the Mongol Hordes? When argument fails them, they resort to fear mongering. I believe, given their willingness to ostracize, even slaughter, those who hold a contrary view, the abortion issue is really about the loss of religious and political control as the white race declines and non-whites (and, possibly, a different religious group) seize the reigns of power. While many Church members undoubtedly entertain these same fears, they have also shown themselves willing to follow their leaders without question. The politicians? They are nothing more than opportunists in this issue and will maintain their allegiance to the religious right only as long as the donations and votes keep coming.
I guess that just leaves the Eugenics movement! I’ll get to that next time….
Disclosure: I am English, Anglo Saxon and white.