In one of the oddest arguments against leaving abortion for the states to decide, Brian Fung at The Atlantic claimed that Republicans were racist for wanting to return abortion rights to the states because it would cause the death of more white babies than black babies. Not only is this argument racist, but it’s also wrong.
Under a model where individual states would decide whether or not abortion is legal within their state, abortion would remain legal in the states where most African-Americans live.
Abortion would remain legal in New York, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and California. Any maps showing otherwise are counterfactual. Even assuming that Texas, Georgia and Virginia banned abortion, African-American voters would have a full say in whether abortion should be legal or not.
Fung doesn’t think that black voters should be able to decide whether abortion should be legal or not. Only 30 percent of black Protestants believe that abortion is morally acceptable. A slim majority of African-Americans overall believe that it is morally acceptable. In more conservative states, black voters would be more likely to follow a religiously conservative position.
With black people making up a third of the population of states like Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia– there is no way that these states could pass an abortion ban over their opposition. Devolving abortion to the state level would allow everyone, black and white, to make the decision that is right for their community and their state. And Fung and The Atlantic, like liberals in general, appear to be afraid of giving black people that power.