I stood up for reproductive justice today and I’m proud of that.
Here is the post I commented on.
Here is my comment. The comment about abortion statistics is a paraphrase of a comment by the great Aimee Thorne-Thomsen:
“I came to this blog after you liked one of my posts and started following you because I was interested in your story about recovering from anorexia. I skimmed over a few of your posts and was so surprised when I read this one that I thought it might be fake. But as I see you’re responding to commenters, you must have actually written it. I just want to say one thing. If you want to be pro-life, that’s your right. But as a Black woman, I find your comment that abortion has “deliberately” taken a toll on Black communities EXTREMELY offensive. This is a tactic pro-lifers have used for years and it has absolutely nothing to do with concern for Black lives.
Firstly, white women still have abortions at higher numbers than Black women. But statistics about abortions mean nothing. You know why? Because those numbers include women who wanted to have abortions but didn’t have access to them and women who wanted to carry their pregnancies to term but couldn’t afford to support a child. Furthermore, if you are so concerned about the lives of Black people, are you doing anything to dismantle white supremacy and worldwide antiBlack racism? If you care about Black mothers, are you fighting for paid maternity leave so Black women without means don’t have to go back to work two weeks after giving birth because they need the money? Are you fighting to make sure women who are incarcerated are not shackled during labor? Because if you’re not, you have to ask yourself if you’re really concerned about Black lives or just advancing a pro-life agenda.”
Here is the blogger’s response to my comment and my response to her response:
I’m so proud of myself for being able to converse respectfully with someone who has such a different mindset and fundamental belief. I’ve been saying that my grandmother’s passing has matured me and now I see just how true that is.