According to a leaked draft majority opinion, the Supreme court plans to strike down Roe v. Wade, the now 50 year old court ruling granting women the right to terminate their pregnancies as long as certain criteria are met. This process is commonly called abortion.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito wrote in the draft. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
But does the practice of aborting pregnancies come into conflict with the Black community’s best interest?
WHAT WE KNOW
We know that abortion currently is legal in every state although restriction on it have been created in many states.
We also know that Black women tend to have the most abortion procedures in our lifetime, as compared to every other group of women. Nearly 40% of all abortions in America since Roe vs. Wade have been by Black Americans which equates to more than 35 million Black pregnancies aborted within a 50 year period.
We know that Planned Parenthood, the most well known family planning service was started in part by an anti-Black racist named Margaret Sanger. We also know that Sanger is on record calling Black women ‘monkeys’ and ‘apes’.
We know that Norma McCorvey the original Jane Doe heard in Roe v. Wade had first claimed to have been raped by a Black man and later recanted when questioned under oath. So we can also assume that the ever-present fear of white genetic annihilation was there in the beginning and most likely used as a “bargaining chip” between white women and white males.
The Black media’s very own Taurean Reign exposed racist white feminist Amanda Duarte for her anti-Black tweets claiming that if abortion was banned then ‘white daughters’ were going to be ‘impregnated’ by Black men, mirroring McCorvey’s original claim and Sangers original assertion.
Duarte, who identifies as a Blanco-Hispana or ‘White-Hispanic’ quickly deleted her tweet, but its still a textbook example of white women’s seeming obsession with Black men’s sexual prowess.
HEALTH SIDE EFFECTS
In the US Black women are most likely to die from child birth complications, but its often not discussed how many of those complications can be avoided.
Abortions can lead to excess tissue left behind from the scraping of the inner-walls, or worse, lead to extremely painful periods thanks to the natural thickening of the inner-walls after a traumatizing event, this process is called vaginal fibrosis and may even require surgery to fix. If the uterus has a hole in its lining, it may be really difficult to have a child.
Of course there’s always risk of blood clots or excessive bleeding (flow) during periods.
Abortion procedures can also lead to cervix scarring or tissue ripping, which also requires surgery to fix. Dilating the cervix and inserting metal instruments into a uterus can cause infections, which causes pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and also hampers our ability to get pregnant in future.
All of these issues can cause our babies to have complications during the birthing period, can lead to a miscarriage or even our own deaths.
The Black community has loss at least 35 million lives since abortion was made nationally legal, but how many deaths of mothers has it caused?
Unfortunately data for maternal deaths during pregnancies don’t coincide with abortions by given women, since it’d be difficulty to track those women from their first early termination procedure to a potential pregnancy. But if raw data of Black women dying from child birth is looked at beside the Black community’s overall abortion rate, it becomes apparent that as more Black women have abortions, more have tended to suffer from pregnancy-related deaths.
When data from 1979 to 2002 was analyzed, the overall pregnancy-related mortality ratio was 25.1 deaths per 100,000 for black women, 10.3 for Hispanic women, and 6.0 for non-Hispanic white women.
While data shows that Black mortality ratio hit a peak during 2003, and abortions in the black community hit a peak just 1 year later in 2004.
Abortion is killing Black babies and Black women.
But most importantly, how does abortion affect our men?
Have Black women as a community of empowered individuals asked our men what they think of the matter? If we commit to having a child with a person, should it be a two-fold decision where he gets as much say as we do even though we’re caring for and carrying our child?
Have we considered how it feels to have a child taken from you even if you didn’t want it aborted? Or if he wants to come along to the family planning appointments, or have a final say in type of abortion procedure?
Black women are the nurtures of our community and we owe it to our families to consider all of the facts about abortion.
–Kerry Hill, B1Daily