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    Liberals Have No Idea What Pro-Lifers Believe


    In the age of instantaneous information, when nearly everyone carries a supercomputer in his or her pocket, it will never cease to amaze that so many liberals still have no idea what conservatives believe.

    Former Bloomberg Opinion columnist Noah Smith, for example, suggested this week pro-life conservatives would support abortion if only they knew how much it disproportionately affects black and Hispanic communities.

    This is not an uncharitable paraphrasing of Smith’s words.

    “OK,” he tweeted this week, “who’s going to be the first to let conservatives know that since people of color are disproportionately high users of abortion, banning abortion will hasten the ‘Great Replacement.’”

    A brief aside: “Users of abortion” is an unbelievably strange turn of phrase. Smith makes abortion sound as if it’s a membership benefit that comes with a punch card and a free coffee with every five purchases, as opposed to the killing of a human being.


    But anyway, it’s downright unnerving a “pro-choicer” would be so cavalier about the fact that most abortions in the United States are performed on black and Hispanic children. One would think a “pro-choicer,” particularly a self-proclaimed liberal, would make an effort to bury this uncomfortable detail. But one would be wrong. Smith, perhaps jokingly, actually considers the matter a selling point for conservatives. Is he, even jokingly, courting actual white supremacists to assist the “pro-choice” movement in ensuring abortion remains a fixed law of the land? Moreover, why don’t the black and Hispanic abortion rates alarm Smith? By his own admission, abortion is artificially depressing the number of minorities in the country. This doesn’t bother him at all?

    Further, and contra Smith’s assumptions, conservatives routinely argue abortion is tantamount to genocide against minorities, especially blacks, so vastly disproportionate are the numbers of non-white babies killed. Anyone who bothers to read what conservatives write and argue knows this.

    Indeed, pro-lifers have highlighted this exact problem, that abortion is wiping out entire communities, for decades. Abortion’s racial culling problem is no secret to them. In fact, pro-life conservatives have spent years hammering the nation’s largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood, over its ties to its white power super eugenicist founder Margaret Sanger. And Sanger’s insanely racist ideology wasn’t just an odd personal quirk. It was fundamental to Planned Parenthood’s founding.

    Sanger, who wrote the “most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” served as the editor of the Birth Control Review from 1917 to 1929.

    Her newsletter published submissions by noted eugenicists, including Professor Dr. Ernst Rudin, curator of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics during the reign of Adolf Hitler. The Birth Control Review also published an article in April 1933 authored by noted eugenicist Paul Popenoe, who wrote that Nazi Germany should be praised for, “proceeding towards a policy that will accord with the best thought of eugenicists in all civilized countries.”

    Sanger argued the U.S. should, “keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, Insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924.”

    She claimed a “stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.”

    Planned Parenthood’s founder, who also once said, “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control,” wrote of those she considered “unfit” that they ought to be relocated to “farmlands and homesteads ” where “they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.”

    I mean, for crying out loud, the Birth Control Review’s tagline for a time read, “Birth control: to create a race of thoroughbreds.”

    Planned Parenthood, which performed 354,871 abortions between 2019 and 2020, was founded with a very specific purpose in mind. Pro-lifers are well aware of this. Pro-lifers are aware abortion disproportionately affects minorities and the impaired. It has been ever thus since at least the days of Sanger, and pro-lifers have been arguing against it ever since.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner.

    T. Becket AdamsT. Becket Adams
    Senior commentary Washington Examiner. Former “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered” contributor. Bylines in RealClearPolitics, Business Insider, And another thing Subscribe

    The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal

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