Sunday, April 24, 2016

Why Republicans love comparing abortion to slavery - Vox

Why Republicans love comparing abortion to slavery - Vox: "The real "dehumanization," they argue, is denying women the bodily autonomy that abortion rights allow. But more than that, they say, the comparison is wildly offensive because it ignores the brutal history of reproductive coercion in slavery. "If you think about it, the claim that abortion is like slavery is exactly backwards," wrote Imani Gandy at RH Reality Check. "I’m not a fan of comparing anything to slavery that is not slavery, but I’m fairly certain that we can all agree that slaveowners systematically forced Black women to give birth." Slaveowners often used enslaved women as breeding stock to produce new future slaves. Women were raped by their masters and forced to bear the resulting children. They had no rights to their own offspring, much less their own bodies — they were sold or beaten if they couldn't or wouldn't reproduce, and if they did have children there was no guarantee they'd ever get to raise them."  'via Blog this'

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