Washington Post Op-Ed: Ending Roe v. Wade ‘About Protecting Whiteness’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Protesters with the anti-abortion group "Bound4Life" pray as they await decision announcements in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on May 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Court issued decisions for two cases, Patel v. Garland and Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for …
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A Washington Post op-ed from Brian Boome claims the Supreme Court and the pro-life movement as a whole want to eliminate abortion to “protect whiteness.”

Reflecting on the horrible supermarket shooting in Buffalo, where a professed white supremacist allegedly murdered 10 people and wounded three others – 11 of the victims were black – Boome repeated the Democrat Party talking points that Fox News host Tucker Carlson was to blame for allegedly spreading the “white replacement theory.”

According to Boome, belief in this conspiracy theory has fueled the pro-life movement to protect white babies, event though the data shows black babies are being aborted at a disproportionate rate.

“The same sort of thinking about race and birthrates now dominates the conservative Supreme Court,” wrote Boome. “The leaked draft opinion isn’t about protecting babies. It is about protecting Whiteness. Specifically, White babies.”

Arguing Republicans would provide more help for babies after they’re born with free “child care, health care, better funding for schools, and the like,” Boome asserted pro-lifers care for “only certain babies.”

“The Supreme Court draft decision is about protecting what conservatives believe is a diminishing demographic and their most valuable resource: White people,” he wrote.

“Some will accuse me here of indulging in conspiracy theories — or of believing the worst in people. But, as a Black American living in a racist society, I don’t find it difficult to believe in the worst in people,” he continued.  One tries not to. But we see evidence of it every day in our lived experience.”

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After going on about how conservatives care so much about whiteness, Boome ultimately concluded: “Conservatives couldn’t care less about whether or not mothers of color terminate pregnancies.”

Amid Boome’s screed against white people and their supposed wickedness, he did not say if he cared about “mothers of color” terminating their pregnancies.

“The real agenda here is to boost White birthrates, because among the biggest fears of conservatives is the fear of being outnumbered,” exclaimed Boome.

Again, Boome did not say if he cared about a 2015 statistic showing more black babies were aborted in New York City than were allowed born. He seemed only concerned with arguing about how the pro-life movement’s push to outlaw abortion in certain states – which all undoubtedly have black populations – was somehow a smokescreen for white supremacy.

Boome also did not address (either intentionally or ignorantly) the fact that prominent alt-right white supremacists largely support abortion as a means to eliminate people of color. In a 2017 piece for National Review titled “The Alt-Right Carries On Margaret Sanger’s Legacy Of Eugenics,” Elliott Kaufman argued:

Richard Spencer, the keynote speaker in Charlottesville and the central figure of the alt-right movement, finds abortion useful. He has explained that abortion will help to bring about his vision of an elite, white America: “The people who are having abortions are generally very often Black or Hispanic or from very poor circumstances.” The people whom Spencer wants to reproduce, he says, “are using abortion when you have a situation like Down Syndrome.” It is only “the unintelligent and blacks and Hispanics,” he claims, “who use abortion as birth control.”

He has openly mocked conservatives who worry about a “black genocide” or “how [abortion] is destroying black communities.” He knows that an estimated 75 percent of women who have abortions are poor. He knows that black women, receiving an outsize 36 percent of all American abortions, are almost five times as likely to terminate their pregnancies as white women. Nothing could make him happier.

Alt-right activist Aylmer Fisher also wrote in Spencer’s Radix Journal: “It is important we not fall prey to the pro-life temptation. The only ones who can’t [avoid an unwanted pregnancy] are the least intelligent and responsible members of society: women who are disproportionately Black, Hispanic, and poor.”

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