There are plenty of ridiculous arguments the pro-abortion crowd uses against the pro-life movement. But this has got to be the absolute most braindead diatribe against pro-lifers that anyone has put out into the ether. Unfortunately, it’s one I hear far too often.
A few weeks ago, I participated in a Twitter Spaces session in which the topic of abortion came up. One of the others speaking during the session claimed that the reason Roe v. Wade was finally overturned is that the white population is in decline and pro-lifers just want to make sure more white babies are born.
No, seriously – he actually said that out loud.
But he was not the only one. Opinion columnist Cynthia Miller-Idriss penned an op-ed for MSNBC in which she made a similar claim. However, her arguments took the stupidity even further. In the article, she argues that ending Roe helps white supremacists carry out their plot to impregnate as many white women as possible – through rape.
The author started the piece by referring to the arrest of a former marine who was part of a neo-Nazi group. This individual was reportedly heading up a campaign to murder minorities and to commit a “mass rape” of white women in order to create more white babies. She wrote:
The horrific revelations are a reminder that white supremacy, male supremacy and violent extremism go hand in hand. Minorities and white women are targets of an ideology that both seeks to reduce nonwhite populations and to increase white ones. For this and other white supremacist extremist groups, the mass murder of minorities and the mass rape of white women are twin goals oriented toward maintaining a white majority nation.
Miller-Idriss then claims white supremacist groups “fear possible declining white birthrates” and believe it to be “an orchestrated plot to end he white race.”
This belief is part of the “white genocide” and Great Replacement theories to which white supremacists ascribe.
The author then refers to an NPR report noting that “prominent white supremacists have at times called for abortion to be banned only for white women but for it to be accessible and even free for women of color.”
“While the rape of white women by nonwhite men is used to generate outrage and a “rallying call to unite and fight back,” rape is seen by some on the far right spectrum as acceptable, even desirable — if it produces white babies,” Miller-Idriss continues. “Voluntary reproduction matters too. In far-right forums online, users have discussed the ‘pro-white’ approach of having large families of white children, thus promoting their goals and ideology ‘through procreative means.’”
It is obvious what the author is attempting to do with this article. She seeks to link the pro-life movement to racist bigots who are concerned about increasing the white population while diminishing non-white populations. In essence, she is trying to portray pro-lifers as white supremacists or white supremacist-adjacent. I’ve heard similar arguments far too many times.
But there are serious flaws with this asinine contention.
For starters, the pro-life movement has been around since long before the white population began to decline. In the 1960s, when states began to relax their abortion restrictions, people were arguing against the practice. Indeed, crisis pregnancy centers were created in order to persuade young women to keep their children. This was happening even before Roe.
When the Supreme Court established a federal standard for abortion restrictions, the pro-life movement grew in earnest and millions more people have become involved with the cause since. Mind you, America’s white population only began to decline for the first time in 2020, according to US Census data. Did these people somehow have a crystal ball to see that this would happen nearly 50 years after Roe was decided?
Moreover, the author ignores the history of the pro-abortion movement, which was started by Margaret Sanger, a virulent racist who wished to see a decline in the black population. She was a proponent of the eugenics movement and even spoke in front of the Ku Klux Klan. Planned Parenthood has targeted black mothers from its inception – I wonder why?
Yes, white supremacists definitely want to increase the white population by diminishing minorities. White nationalist Richard Spencer has expressed these sentiments.
Nevertheless, suggesting that this is also the goal of those who wish to preserve the lives of children would be comical if it weren’t so abhorrent. The pro-abortion folks use this argument because they wish to deflect from the actual debate over abortion. They seek to avoid talking about the life that grows inside its mother’s womb. It is nothing more than a smokescreen designed to cloud the issue. Fortunately, it does not take much scrutiny to figure out that this is nothing more than mindless race baiting designed to avoid the actual topic at hand.