During a panel discussion at Notre Dame, university professors claimed that the pro-life movement is a scheme to ensure that the US remains a white majority.
Which groups held the discussion?
The event, called "Reversing Roe," was organized by the Department of Gender Studies of Notre Dame, the Department of Gender Studies of St. Mary's College and the Irish 4 Reproductive Health, the Irish Rover, the student newspaper of the Notre Dame.
Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of Africana studies and political science, said that the pro-life moment was designed to ensure that the country remains "predominantly overwhelmingly white", the newspaper reported.
"[Abortion] is an issue that makes it possible to control the place of women, "Pinderhughes said. I'm sure you picked that out, otherwise you would not be at this event. But also how people will reproduce, what the population will be, how it will be. Those who so aggressively insist on reproduction, continued reproduction without any control, are those who are also more inclined to make the country predominantly, overwhelmingly white. "
Pam Butler, a professor of gender studies, agreed and called the pro-life movement a white supremacist & # 39; agenda.
"[Abortion] politicized in a moment of a white supremacy strategy of the right wing of the Republican party to mobilize a very specific set of evangelical Christians in the United States as a base, "she said.
What do the statistics show?
Matt Connell, vice president of communication for Notre Dame Right to Life, told the Irish Rover that the statements of the professors were enigmatic, because abortion claims the lives of more unborn minority babies than Caucasian babies.
For example, the abortion rate for black women is almost four times the rate for white women, according to statistics compiled by Right to Life Michigan. Nationally, the abortion rate for black women was 25.1 per 1000 women of childbearing age, compared with Spanish women (11.2) and non-Hispanic white women (6.8).
In addition, the Guttmacher Institute reported in January 2018 "fact sheet" that white represented 39 percent of abortion procedures in 2014, compared with 28 percent for blacks, 25 percent for Hispanics and 9 percent for other races and ethnicities. In other words, 62 percent of the abortions were performed on non-whites.
Noelle Johnson, director of spirituality for the right to life of Notre Dame, asked the panelists why their search for equality and justice does not extend to unborn children.
According to the report, Graubart responded by asking her what a & # 39; child & # 39; is. She also said that she does not believe in the concept of a soul and refers to an unborn child as a "group of cells."
"Well, I think part of it is: when do you define something like a child?" Graubart said. "I think that if I have a child, I can say that I do not think I have a child [in my womb]. I mean that I had a potential child in me for a few months, then developed into a child. I do not believe in the soul, so that is not an interesting argument for me, so I think that because science will not tell us when that group of cells becomes a child, that is between you and your doctor to make that decision instead. from the government. "