When abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted, I thought that would end the debate over the lack of safe abortion care for women and why a monster like Gosnell was allowed to flourish for so long. Or that anti-choice conservatives would finally stop demonizing Planned Parenthood as some kind of abortion mill, when the majority of its work is providing preventive care and birth control.
But apparently I was wrong. In a post at RH Reality Check.org, Imani Gandi bemoans a recent op-ed by Star Parker on black women and abortion. Parker, who used to not only favor abortion but had four abortions herself, now argues that pro-choice liberals somehow encouraged black women to be irresponsible by ending their pregnancies. It’s fine that Parker has changed her mind about abortion. But as Gandi so deftly points out:
Simply telling women to “choose birth” ignores that some women simply don’t want to have babies, and no amount of regulations or counseling will change those women’s minds. Choice doesn’t mean “choose birth or choose birth.” That’s not a choice. That’s a mandate. That’s a directive. And that’s a violation of women’s rights as humans.
Caption: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Dr. KERMIT GOSNELL, 72 (C) is escorted to a van leaving the Criminal Justice Center after being convicted on three counts of first degree murder on Monday. (Credit Image: © Yong Kim/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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