Morning Roundup: Santorum Says Obama Should be Anti-choice Because He’s Black


Santorum plays the race card with Obama, a third-gender option in the Nepali census, Planned Parenthood returns to San Francisco, and Mother Jones looks at abortion-breast cancer lies.

  • Rick Santorum, uber-conservative anti-choice former Senator from Pennsylvania who REALLY wants to be president, questioned why President Obama supports abortion rights, considering the fact that he’s black. “Well if that human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.”
  • Those who identify as neither male nor female will have a “third gender” box to check in the upcoming Nepali census. The country has made a substantial effort towards equal treatment of LGBTQ citizens since a Supreme Court ruling two years ago guaranteeing their rights. Campus Progress reports on similar efforts in the United States during the recent census.
  • Planned Parenthood has returned to the San Francisco area. The national organization cut ties with Planned Parenthood Golden Gate back in September. Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific has taken over part of the territory, and will begin seeing patients next week.
  • Mother Jones looks into the abortion-breast cancer lies spread by anti-choice organizations, who continue to tell untruths despite the mountains of evidence.

Jan 19

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  • crowepps

    Rick Santorum, uber-conservative anti-choice former Senator from Pennsylvania who REALLY wants to be president, questioned why President Obama supports abortion rights, considering the fact that he’s black. “Well if that human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.”

    Subtext: Since we ALL know that the decision to include Blacks in ‘people’ is really questionable.

  • jenh

    Who better than a black man can understand the degradation of being considered less than a person?  Santorum’s point is right on the money.  Especially considering that more black babies are aborted than are born!  Why isn’t Obama outraged about that?  Black citizens are being killed more often than they are being born!!  Because of abortion!

     

    God bless Rick Santorum.

  • saltyc

    yeah, what?

    We don’t decide what’s a person, really? So every rock and pebble and raindrop is a person? It’s pure nonsense to say we shouldn’t decide what’s a person.

     

    It’s also nonsense to decide to ascribe personhood to an embryo and then use that to make a woman less of a person than a man, which Santorum does. Yes I’m a woman so I know what it’s like to be considered less than a person.

     

    But wait. Obama supports abortion rights really? Wow, coulda fooled me with the whole throwing away our rights in return for nothing thing he did with healthcare.

  • saltyc

    But I just love the way white conservatives are preaching to blacks about what they should believe, and that they are hypocrites for wanting civil rights cause your movement to convince them to be anti-choice is failing and this will make it fail even quicker.

     Embryos are incapable of feeling degradation. No one can feel betrayed by knowing they will be aborted, that’s patently absurd. Empathizing with something that has no higher emotions is science fiction. The only ones who feel personally offended that they were once an embryo and that they came from something prehuman are brainwashed children of Fundamentalists who like to remind them, over and over, that they might have been aborted.

     

  • prochoiceferret

    Especially considering that more black babies are aborted than are born!

     

    OMG! Who is responsible for choosing to make this happen?

     

    If Martin Luther King Jr. were still alive, he’d totally be against Planned Parenthood and others involved in this.

  • cc

    “Especially considering that more black babies are aborted than are born!” 

    And even if these stats are correct (and one doubts it) what business is it of yours?  If a black woman (or any woman of any race) has an abortion, it’s her decision.  To say that black women aren’t able to determine what is best for them is to say that they are stupd and child-like. But then, that is the world view of the anti-choicers – women are little girls who need big daddy to tell them what’s best – which is, of course, to have babies. If they’re “barefoot and pregnant” they won’t challenge the big daddy power structure. 

  • rebellious-grrl

    It’s racist to tell black women not to have an abortion because they are black. Denying women access to abortion, denying women access to reproductive healthcare is wrong! All women have the right to bodily autonomy, not just white women.

  • crowepps

    They see a statistic that says 60% of pregnant Black women in NYC aborted their pregnancies last year and can’t seem to grasp that:

    A, that may be true in NYC but nowhere else in the country, and

    B, the economy in NYC was crappy last year and may have influenced their decisions

     

    The important statistic is not how many Black women had an abortion in ONE year or even how many abortions a Black woman has in her lifetime, but instead how many children a Black woman has in her FAMILY.  Black women have LARGER families than White women.