WaPo columnist draws scrutiny for claiming it’s not ‘Christ-like’ for minority women to be unable to abort

A Washington Post columnist is drawing scrutiny for claiming that stopping minority women from aborting/killing their babies is not “Christ-like” because minority women not aborting/killing their babies means more dead minority women …

It doesn’t help that the columnist who wrote the piece, Karen Attiah, is the same woman who two years ago warned white women that they’re lucky black folks “are just” smearing them with nicknames like “Karen” and “not calling for revenge.”

That didn’t seem too “Christ-like” …

Neither does abortion, critics say.

Nevertheless, in her column for the Post, Attiah claims that the recent banning of abortion in Texas is not “Christ-like.”

“A post-Roe world will put Texas’s Black women under ungodly risk, both physically and legally. This week, it is now much less safe for me to get pregnant in the state I was born in,” she writes.

She backs this up by citing mostly irrelevant statistics.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black women are more than four times as likely to have had abortions as White women. Nationwide, Black women are also more likely to miscarry or have stillbirths — suddenly, in addition to being a personal tragedy, a moment of grave legal peril in many places — than White women,” she writes.

It’s not clear what any of that has to do with her bombastic claim that minority women will die from abortion.

“In Texas, which already has a higher maternal mortality rate than the national average, Black women died at a rate of 37.1 per 100,000 births. The comparable number for White women is 14.7,” she then adds.

That’s a fair statistic to highlight, though critics say it still doesn’t deflect from the fact that abortion is a form of murder.

Attiah then decided to go racial by linking black women having babies (instead of aborting them) to white supremacy.

“Indeed, white supremacy believes it is right to force birth on Black women while also being far quicker to conclude that Black parents are incapable of taking care of their children,” she writes.

“Black people are more likely to be accused of child abuse and neglect in Texas; Black children in Texas are taken away at higher rates by child protective services. Black children also remain longer in the foster care system than White children. Expect all that to worsen now.”

It’s not clear how bad parenting has anything to do with abortion. Remember, those who give birth have the option to give their kid or kids up for adoption.

“Texans, including medical professionals, can report those who help women seeking abortions to police for a bounty. Already, a Latina woman was arrested this year; a medical professional reported her, claiming she had attempted abortion,” Attiah continues.

“There is nothing Christ-like in expanding Texas’s ability to surveil and persecute Black and Latina women. There is nothing loving about threatening them with the tyranny of incarceration.”

But again, critics say violating the law and aborting/killing babies is itself not Christ-like.

It’s not clear if Attiah is still a practicing Christian. In her post, she does admit to having been one years before but having quit because of her peers’ opposition to abortion.

“The women’s Bible group leader leaned close to me. She lowered her voice. ‘You know, abortion was intended to be a form of genocide against Black people and Brown people.’ The implication was that she, as a Latina woman, and I had a special duty to our races — that fighting abortion was a form of fighting racism. ‘Did you know that Margaret Sanger wanted to exterminate us?” she writes, describing her time in church.

“It was 2010, I was 22 and this was evening ladies’ Bible study at the evangelical church I attended in a Dallas suburb. The women were planning a pilgrimage to an antiabortion march. While I had grown up in the church, that year I had gotten rebaptized and rededicated my life to Jesus. I attended church twice a week, and even thought about becoming a youth leader.”

But she began questioning her beliefs as she grew more and more frustrated with the church’s Biblical stance on abortion.

“I was taught — and I believed — that Christians needed to infiltrate all walks of social, political and cultural life in America, to restore the nation to God before Jesus could make his return. Godly dominionism was more important than ‘worldly’ democracy. Still, I felt uncomfortable protesting abortion clinics. Why was it necessary for us to condemn others, including desperate pregnant women? Did God really want us to increase the suffering in the world? Eventually, I left the church,” she admits.

It’s not clear to some whether someone who left her church because the church had dared to stick to Biblical laws and edicts is the right person to be judging others on whether or not they’re Christ-like …


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