Billboard, New Law, Highlight Racial Turn for Abortion Debate

Zachary Roth, Yahoo! News, March 30, 2011

As if America’s debate over abortion weren’t contentious enough, it’s lately been stirred by the addition of another hot-button issue: race.

Yesterday, Arizona became the first state in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus. And an anti-abortion billboard that uses an image of President Obama to target Chicago’s black community has sparked a furor.

The Arizona bill, signed into law on Tuesday by Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, makes it a felony for doctors or other medical professionals to perform an abortion in order to help parents choose their offspring on the basis of race or gender. The law does not punish the woman having the abortion.

“Governor Brewer believes society has a responsibility to protect its most vulnerable–the unborn–and this legislation is consistent with her strong pro-life track record,” a spokesman for Brewer told Reuters.

But opponents of the unusual measure contend there’s little evidence that fetuses in Arizona are being aborted on the basis of gender or race. And they say the law could lead doctors to ask women about their reasons for having an abortion–something supporters of abortion rights view as a private decision.

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  • Anonymous

    9 — white is right, black is whack wrote at 1:58 PM on March 31:

    I’m sick of this stuff from liberals and nonwhites. It’s more the white liberals and neocons that annoy me, because they are the ones pushing this and letting them get away with it. If you don’t want to get pregnant period—regardless of your race—here’s are some suggestions:

    1. Don’t have sex.

    2. Have protected sex.

    3. Wait until you’re married and can financially afford kids.

    4. Give the baby up for adoption.

    5. If you don’t want to deal with the ‘stigma’ of having a mixed race baby, then don’t have unprotected sex with someone of a different race.

    6. If you are hurt by whites’ looks when you are dating a black or hispanic man, then don’t date a black orhispanic man. Problem solved.

    ************************

    Not quite.

    Blondie is asked out by a black man. If she declines, he asks “Whazz da matta–you raciss or sumptin’?”

    No. She’s a 17 year old who has never been taught how to answer that question.

    Three hours later she’s a victim of “date rape”.

    Three weeks later a home pregnancy test shows up positive.

    It happens more often than you’d think.

    Sure, she shouldn’t have been dating a black. Nice pat answer.

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