Ohio state legislature is in the process of passing Heartbeat Bill SB23 which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually between 6 and 9 weeks of pregnancy. The bill has been passed in the Ohio Senate, moved through the Ohio House committee and is expected to be signed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine upon being passed by the full House.
The bill, if fully passed and turned into law, would prohibit all women in the state of Ohio from seeking an abortion after the heartbeat is detected and would call for a fine of up to $20,000 for physicians who violate the law.
Now, you may know that we here at Activist Mommy only support legislation that fully bans abortion rather than moves the goalpost on when it should be legal or illegal, as well-intentioned as this bill may be.
But we can’t help but point out the bizarre turn the legislative process on this heartbeat bill has taken.
Democratic state Rep. Janine R. Boyd has put forth an amendment to this bill after it passed in the Senate. In her amendment, she aims to exempt African-American women from the restrictions of this bill. In a hearing on the bill last Tuesday, Boyd cited historical “rape and forced birth imposed on enslaved women” as a rationale for the amendment. If you’re not confused yet, just wait.
“I consider the slave trade and how black slaves were once treated like cattle and put out to stud in order to create generations of more slaves,” she said in her speech Tuesday. “I consider how many masters raped their slaves. I consider how many masters forced their slaves to have abortions, and I consider how many pregnant slaves self-induced abortions so that they would not contribute children they had to this slave system… And so I ask you, with all of your values, to consider that and vote yes to this amendment.”
The reasoning behind this amendment proposal is nothing short of lunacy, and not to mention a very sick and twisted form of racism.
Boyd claims on her website that African-American women’s “history includes rape and forced birth imposed on enslaved women and black women after slavery.”
Is it possible that Boyd still believes slavery is an ongoing issue in the United States thus a relevant point of contention? Nay! She cannot possibly believe that black women should be able to murder their unborn babies in the womb because…slavery?
What purpose does an exemption like this serve within the black communities of Ohio? What message is it sending? The very nature of the amendment is oppressive and racist, and yet Boyd stands on the faux moral platitude that because African-American women have been previously oppressed through child-rearing during slavery (200 years ago) they should be exempt from having to live within morally decent parameters today.
This amendment makes a lot of assumptions about, and for, black women, like for example, they prefer to murder unborn babies so much more than birthing them that they would support this.
Luckily the Ohio House committee members did keep in mind “all” their “values” and shot down the amendment 11-7.
President of Created Equal, a national pro-life organization, Mark Harrington fought back against Boyd’s evil and psychotic proposal, in a press release he said, “Every human being is valuable regardless of the color of his or her skin. To suggest that only black babies should be killed in Ohio is shocking racism not befitting of a representative of the Ohio House.”
Black women do not need more reason to fall victim to the insidious lies of abortion. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2015, they had approximately 40 percent of all abortions in the United States while white women had 49 percent. This is wildly disproportionate given that only about 13 percent of the U.S. population is black.
Boyd and other representatives that share in her racist, oppressive ideas on abortion should be called on to step down. This kind of lunacy has gone on unchecked for too long.
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