The Ohio Legislature won a huge victory for unborn babies when they passed a “heartbeat bill” that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
According to Cleveland.com, the Republican governor is signing it into law. A state representative, however, tried to introduce an amendment exempting unborn African-American babies from the abortion ban.
According to her congressional website, Democratic Ohio Rep. Janine Boyd promoted an amendment that would make the “heartbeat bill” not apply to the pregnancies of black women.
The amendment reads as follows: “Exemption for African-American women, whose history includes rape and forced birth imposed on enslaved women and black women after slavery.”
It was an odd amendment for two reasons. One, slavery was abolished in the U.S. 150 years ago.
Two, it disturbingly echoed the intentions of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger.
According to NPR, which half-heartedly tried to defend Sanger, the abortion clinic founder was a believer in eugenics and talked about “weeding out the unfit.” Specifically, on the subject of black people, she argued for aborting black babies if it was determined that wouldn’t “count as a valuable contribution to the future of America.”
To put it one way, Boyd wants there to continue to be a disproportionately high number of black babies killed compared to babies of other skin tones.
The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation pointed out in 2015 that 40 percent of abortions in the U.S. involved black women. 49 percent involved white women, yet only 13 percent of the U.S. population is black.
To put it more simply, Boyd’s amendment — if it had been passed — would have been far deadlier to black babies than other babies. Her amendment was rejected.
Mark Harrington, president of the pro-life organization Created Equal, called Boyd’s amendment racist, the Daily Caller reported.
“Every human being is valuable regardless of the color of his or her skin. To suggest that only black babies should be killed in Ohio is shocking racism not befitting of a representative of the Ohio House,” he said.
Featured photo of the Ohio Statehouse by Bob Hall from Christchurch, New Zealand