Actress Anne Hathaway, known for her role in The Princess Diaries films, decried the pro-life efforts of “white women” last week on Instagram, slamming them for their assistance in the passage of an Alabama law that has made abortion all but illegal in the state.
“Yes the anti-abortion movement is primarily about controlling women’s bodies under the premise (for many, sincere) of saving lives, and yes this law is primarily the work of white men HOWEVER a white woman sponsored the bill and a white woman signed it into law,” Hathaway wrote in reference to Rep. Terri Collins and Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama. “As we’re resisting, let us also call out the complicity of the white women who made this awful moment possible, and which–make no mistake–WILL lead to the unnecessary and avoidable deaths of women, a disproportionate number of whom will be poor and/or black.”
In the same Instagram post, she also copied a tweet that stated “62% of non-college educated white women voted Republican in 2016,” and then instructed her followers to donate to pro-choice organizations.
The Brooklyn-born Hathaway, herself a white woman, is an example of the ignorance and racism inherent in the pro-abortion position, with its deep roots in the eugenics movement. As former Patriots player Ben Watson said when calling out a similar sentiment expressed by Alyssa Milano: “To claim that giving MORE children of color the right to be born will negatively affect ‘women of color’ reveals IGNORANCE, RACISM or some combination of both. Our children and families are capable of greatness and lies like this harm our future. Dont patronize us.” Watson rightly points out that the Black population, which has suffered so much at the hands of slavery and racism in the US, is only further harmed by abortion.
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Yes the anti-abortion movement is primarily about controlling women’s bodies under the premise (for many, sincere) of saving lives, and yes this law is primarily the work of white men HOWEVER a white woman sponsored the bill and a white woman signed it into law. As we’re resisting, let us also call out the complicity of the white women who made this awful moment possible, and which–make no mistake–WILL lead to the unnecessary and avoidable deaths of women, a disproportionate number of whom will be poor and/or black. Speak up. Show up. Don’t give up. Donate to @yellowfund, @plannedparenthood, @arc_southeast, @abortionfunds, @whoohio, @napawf, @gwafund, and the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund. #Regram from @marjoriegubelmann, @rachael_britt, @rachel.cargle, @paulscheer, @berniesanders
Hathaway also speaks against the voices of Black women and men themselves, including Dr. Alveda King, a fervent pro-life advocate who recently co-authored a piece praising the laws in Georgia and Alabama.
Frequently, the pro-abortion position argues that the people most in need of abortion are the poor, and various minorities. Instead of actually aiding at-risk people and ending poverty and racism, abortion activists pour massive resources into expanding access to a procedure that ends a human life. A frequent pro-abortion argument, which links abortion for minorities to lower crime rates, implies that minority babies are nothing more than future criminals. This is a fundamentally racist sentiment, but one that we hear quite frequently, and most recently from pro-abortion Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims who claimed that not being able to abort Black babies will impact our prisons.
In addition, the notion expressed in the image Hathaway shared, “If you’re against abortion, don’t have one,” dates back to the sentiments of the slave-owning southerners resenting free states meddling in their business. It is a notion that kept Black men and women enslaved in the US for hundreds of years. And it is a sentiment that is simply foreign to any genuine concern for the rights, wellbeing, and dignity of oppressed minorities.
By sharing these words, as well as an image declaring in all caps, “men shouldnt [sic] be making laws about women’s bodies,” Hathaway uses her platform to erase and negate pro-life female legislators, both white and non-white, and pro-life women of all ethnicities.
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