FiveThirtyEight reporters Alex Samuels and Monica Potts argued in a Monday article that the anti-abortion movement “has always been about white supremacy.”
In the article, titled “How the Fight to Ban Abortion Is Rooted in the ‘Great Replacement’ Theory,” Samuels and Potts argued that opposition to abortion originates in 19th-century efforts to bolster the U.S. white population and thwart a supposed conspiracy to “replace” it with ethnic minorities.
- “The anti-abortion movement, at its core, has always been about upholding white supremacy,” the politics reporters wrote. “Laws limiting abortion, it was believed, would ultimately force middle- and upper-class white women — who had the most access to detect and terminate unwanted pregnancies — to bear more white children.”
- Samuels and Potts cited anti-abortion politicians’ opposition to immigration and a fringe white supremacist group’s appearance at anti-abortion marches as proof the movement is still racist.
- At one point, the reporters acknowledged that it makes no sense for racists to oppose abortion since “women of color — particularly those who are Black — are more likely than white women to seek an abortion.”
- But they attributed the “deeply convoluted” logic to opponents of abortion rather than to themselves.
ON THE OTHER HAND
Planned Parenthood founder and abortion rights pioneer Margaret Sanger was a firm believer in race-based eugenics.