Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Roe v. Wade is 40 today... or, 55 million abortions later

This video celebrates the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court decision that found privacy protected a woman's right to abortion, without limitations during the first trimester of pregnancy. The video is creepy at best, but the context of placing Roe v Wade as the lover of a smooth talking black man is really strange. It not only gives the subject no respect, but doesn't it perpetuate the myth of the overly sexualized black male? To add to this insult, it's the black communities that are overwhelmingly affected by abortion. Clinics are more frequently found in minority neighborhoods than in any other, and black abortions count for 40% of all abortions, while blacks are only 13% of the population.

Anyone who wants to stop these damaging cultural stereotypes has to admit that this video is disgusting to all those who feel deeply about the consequences of abortion, but also the effect it has had in destroying black families and communities. If the Right does not go full blown racist on this video, they will miss a huge chance to show Planned Parenthood, Naral, Center for Reproductive Rights, NOW, and other "choice" groups for who they are - patronizing, elitist, eugenicists.


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