GOP Abortion Bullies: "Abortion Is the Leading Cause of Death In the Black Community"

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Abortion Bully Trent Franks
According to Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, "abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community" -- a claim he makes in a memo to House Republicans urging them to vote for a bill introduced by fagala-phobic Congressman Trent Franks that would make it illegal for a woman to end a pregnancy based on the race or gender of the fetus.

As we've noted in many previous posts, it's a great solution...to a non-existent problem.

In addition to the shameless name-dropping found in Franks' bill -- "The Susan B. Anthony and Fredrick Douglas Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" -- it also would give a woman's family members the ability to sue abortion providers if they think an abortion was performed because of the race or sex of the fetus.


A similar bill introduced by Franks was killed in committee last year. However, the new bill is scheduled for a markup tomorrow afternoon in the House Judiciary Committee, and already has 78 co-sponsors. The support suggests the bill could make it to a floor vote before this year's November election.

Planned Parenthood, which according to the pro-life publication Life News, performs nearly 30 percent of the abortions in the United States. In other words, the organization knows a thing or two about ending a pregnancy -- and why people choose to do so.

Last year, when the far-right-wingers in the Arizona Legislature were ironing out the details of the state's new race/gender-based abortion law, we spoke to Cyndi Cerf, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, to see if there was any need for the new law.

"There is no indication that [abortions being performed based on the race or sex of the fetus] is even an issue," she told New Times.

Cerf, rather, feels that the bill "is just to further damage the reputations of women who get an abortion."

Franks also is attempting to use Congress' authority over Washington D.C. to push his anti-abortion agenda with a bill that would dictate when women in the nation's capitol are allowed to get an abortion.

The bill, "The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," would ban abortions in D.C. of fetuses at least 20 weeks old.

Why 20 weeks, you ask? Well, according to Franks, that's when fetuses begin feeling pain. Get the details here.

Click here to see Smith's memo to GOP House colleagues.

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DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

 You've been reading my mind, Haddie !

Anon
Anon

Like, I really want someone like Rep.Trent Franks, making personal decisions for women? Is he an expert on women's issues?  Someone tell Franks about birth control, education for young women and those who are sexually active. Wake up Arizona women!!

Jenna
Jenna

""" it also would give a woman's family members the ability to sue abortion
providers if they think an abortion was performed because of the race
or sex of the fetus."""

Have these control freaks never heard of HIPAA (the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information)? You can't pry someone's medical file open just because you "believe" some BS about a medical procedure the patient may or may not have had. Because of HIPAA, I can't even call the hospital and ask about my husband's ER bill, for example, so I can pay any remaining co-pay. He has to call because no one has a right to access anyone's medical information. This bill is just about slurring black women and nothing else. The question is, why do the righties persist in voting in completely ignorant politicians? 

Rusty Shackelford
Rusty Shackelford

This is a "right church, wrong pew" thing.  This bill is a horribly misguided attempt to do something about a real problem - black abortion rates.  I don't think that people abort babies because they are black, but there's no question that blacks have a disproportionate amount of abortions, relative to their size within the population.  Most likely to do with the fact that single parenthood/absent father seems to be more prevalent within the black community.  You know what, I'm pro choice but I have a problem when abortion starts to become a de facto form of birth control.  And as we've seen in the last week with the Komen foundation, once you dare challenge the liberal sacrament of abortion, you better get ready to be attacked.  So let me ask the author - who are the real bullies on abortion?  It ain't the GOP. 

Bnbk
Bnbk

This maafa21 movie is nothing more than a right wing attempt to split the black vote in  the upcoming election.How stupid do these right wing extremist think the minority communities are? If you want an objective,unbiased opinion on this issue I recomend that you read this write up in the link provided.It is written by a Cornell University student. The quote by Loretta Ross pretty much sums up the hipocrisy of the legislators who are endorsing this less than factual film(Homophobic Franks) is one of them.       http/mislabeled.wordpress.com/2011/... -distortion-dishonesty

Saynsumthn Blog
Saynsumthn Blog

Perhaps you should stop being so snarkey and actually study the issue....I recommend a powerful and well documented film called: Maafa21 Black Genocide in 21st Century America, which details the history of Planned Parenthood the nation's to abortionist and ties them heavily to eugenics and racism- come one, try and open your mind up a little and look at some facts, okay???? http://www.maafa21.com 

slippery mike
slippery mike

the arizona constitution REQUIRES all arizona residents vote in every election and hold a public office at least once.

so why are letting these career douche nozzels tell us how to behave?
those dont have to be escalades and lincoln navagators parked at the statehouse parking lot,the politicans drive.
there could be 1971 javelin like the one barry goldwater drove in DC,or a minivan or everyday driver,instead of using the using the office to further your own selfish interest.
a lot has changed in 100 years,including a disproportinate number of eastern and midwesterners that seem to want to their law and order ways on a basicly a  place that doesnt like being pushed around by carpet baggers and outsiders.
arizona was a libertarian state of mind,that dissapeared with federaly mandatory auto insurance(1980) the GOP represents the bitter losers of the civil war,and want to stir it up again in the color of imigration in our once tolerant state.

Coz
Coz

He's an idea, if Trent Franks thinks abortion should be illegal, then all those unwanted babies should be sent to his house to raise and support.

InstantMALE
InstantMALE

Where does he get this stuff, 
Lamar Smith is a douchebag and must be removed from office, vote for Sheriff Mack

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

Shifting blame, EVERYBODY knows the biggest killer of black folks was FEMA.

Vic
Vic

Can't help but wonder if they really believe what they are saying!!  I would say no.  No thinking person can possibly be that stupid.  So it has to be talking points. Someone must actually sit in a room and think these things up and then they write them up, pass it out to each GOP lawmaker.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Franks is as crooked as a dogs hind leg. Has done nothing since being elected to congress except toe the Bush/Cheney line. Shut the hell up Franks, every time u open your yap people know just how stupid you really are. peace

85014
85014

They don't want to regulate banks or provide stimulus for jobs but they sure want to regulate a woman's reproductive organs. It's nice to see them so well focused on what is important to the majority of Americans.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Two peas in a homophobic,racist pod. Neither one of them cares on bit about any minority related issues,unless it's to further their own agenda.Now Smith is suddenly concern about the "leading cause of death in the black community"? Go to hell Smith & take Franks with you. You two hypocrites should be concerned about the children that are living in poverty in the minority communities(all communities for that matter) & not concern yourself with a womans personal reproductive choices. Neither one of you gives a rats ass about any minority,so quit using minorities to promote your bullshit.......... Bn  Bk

Efreer
Efreer

Just a another rightwing nut male, rascist and proud of it! I am so sick of men, they seem to be all male, putting women's rights at risk. I rarely ever hear a woman spewing this crap.

Stacy
Stacy

Trent Franks is a one-issue congressman.  Abortion... he's totally clueless on everything else.  But then again, if you look at his district; no wonder he keeps getting elected.

david saint
david saint

lol funny, the GOP doesnt seem to care one bit about race when it comes to immigration, but they suddenly care when it pertains to one of their causes??? and that pretty much sums up the GOP.  

Anon
Anon

... it's time to vote out these lawmakers who are keeping society in the 18th century!!

Albert
Albert

They don't care about privacy or even medical privacy. The FOURTH AMENDMENT Validates OUR privacy rights... And the 14th Amendment Sec. 1  prevents government from restricting or reducing those rights protected by the Constitution.  Just as long as people are able to choose, and practice their religion, they should respect other people's decision to make their own "personal decisions."  Hey.. people who believe in aliens as a  GOD is a religion!!!

Anon
Anon

Teach birth control so young women don't have to face possible abortion. And for all the unwanted babies born, take care of them, educate them, feed them if necessary and don't leave them by the tens of thousands homeless in Arizona.

Edward
Edward

Wow! You are still peddling that film full of falsehoods and crazy conspiracies? Unbelievable.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 an Escalades probably gets better mileage then the Javelin does. It's a pretty sweet car, but Barry Goldwater was  a piece of shit. He bought that car on the backs of the illegals he treated like cattle.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 if Trent Franks has a daughter I hope she gets gang banged by a horde of non-white people and wants an abortion.

Bobby
Bobby

Crooked as a dogs hind legs. That's a good one, funny really. Here I'll agree with the leftists. Why some people insist on getting into other peoples lives, in the most intimate of ways, is past me. It's sick. It's none of their damned hypocritical business. It's between the person and God, no one else.

Albert
Albert

Good point.. short and well said.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

I've listened to this man a few times. Sounds to me as if he is intellectually debilitated by extreme religious indoctrination.

tom
tom

Take 2 midol and check back later.

Bnbk
Bnbk

This maafa21 propaganda film is nothing more than a Right-wing Teapubli-Con attempt to split the black vote. There is a great write up on this subject by a Cornell University student on this link............http/mislabeled.wordpress.com/2011/... cornell-engages-in-distortion-dishonesty................if the article does not pop up,type -anti-abortion at cornell engages in distortion dishonesty  in search box.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 too bad god doesn't exist so really it's only the person's business and not yours, or mine, or anyone else's esp not Trent Franks.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 Fuck you Tom, you sexist asshole.

Vic
Vic

I'm amazed, I thought those stupid, sexist jokes went out in the 70s.

Bnbk
Bnbk

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