On Wednesday, HuffPost attempted to make a connection between Alabama’s “heartbeat bill” and white supremacy, describing the bill as “great news for white supremacists,” but statistics consistently show that abortion has a far greater impact on minorities than whites. In other words, white racists should be opposed to strict abortion laws, not cheering them.
“Alabama’s Abortion Bill Is Great News For White Supremacists,” reads the headline by HuffPost’s Andy Campbell, who bases the story off of a few comments by white supremacists, including a few posts on the fringe social media platform Gab cheering the pro-life bill.
“Many white supremacists subscribe to the bogus conspiracy theory that white people are going extinct due to immigration and falling birthrates among white women,” writes Campbell. “To them, the strict abortion bill that passed the Alabama Senate on Tuesday ― which aims to challenge a woman’s constitutional right to choose to end a pregnancy ― represents a huge victory in their effort to propagate the ‘white race.'”
“Prominent white nationalists have long held that the answer to their stated problem ― namely, people of color within their country’s borders ― is to conceive more white babies,” he writes, citing calls for a “white baby challenge” by white nationalists pushing back against black and Jewish “invaders.”
Near the end of the piece, Campbell indirectly acknowledges the fundamental flaw in white supremacists cheering the southern state’s new abortion law: “Alabama’s bill restricts abortions for everyone ― not just white people.”
What Campbell neglects to point out in the piece is that abortions among minorities far outpace abortions among whites. Thus, Alabama’s new law restricting abortion for everyone after a heartbeat is detected should be viewed negatively by white racists.
In a piece titled “Abortions Racial Gap” published in 2014, The Atlantic‘s Zoe Dutton notes that “women of color are five times as likely to terminate a pregnancy as their white counterparts.”
“An African-American woman is almost five times likelier to have an abortion than a white woman, and a Latina more than twice as likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” writes Dutton.
Pro-life group Bound4Life provides a summary of some more recent studies by the Guttmacher Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Black non-Hispanic women have the highest abortion ratio. Black women’s abortion ratio has reached 444 abortions per 1,000 live births, while non-Hispanic white women’s abortion ratio is 124 abortions per 1,000 live births.
- 37% of women having abortions are white, 37% are black, 19% are Hispanic, and 7% other races.
- According to the Guttmacher Institute, “Women who obtain abortions are predominantly poor or low-income, in their 20s and unmarried; black women and Hispanic women continue to be disproportionately represented among abortion patients.”