Rep. Ayanna Pressley: Abortion Prohibitions 'Rooted in Patriarchy, White Supremacy'
'The year 2021 has been the most devastating for abortion rights'
Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley claimed abortion bans are grounded "in patriarchy and white supremacy."
During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Thursday, Pressley blasted a Texas law that prohibits conducting abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected.
The legislation permits people to lodge a civil action against anyone who doesn't comply with the law, and if the claimant prevails, the court should award statutory damages of at least $10,000.
"We find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented wave of coordinated attacks on our reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy," Pressley said.
"And Texas's horrendous and extreme SB 8 abortion ban underscores the urgency of this moment."
"The year 2021 has been the most devastating for abortion rights in American history."
"Anti-abortion legislators in 47 states focused on legislating hurt and harm to push this critical healthcare out of reach."
"These misguided bans will not actually prevent all abortions. They simply put safe and necessary abortion care out of reach for our most vulnerable, specifically our lowest-income sisters, our queer, trans and non-binary siblings, black, Latinx, AAPI, immigrants, disabled and ... indigenous folks."
"And none of this is happenstance. It is precise. Like the roots of the anti-abortion movement, these bans are rooted in patriarchy and white supremacy," she claimed.
Mark Hemingway, the senior writer at RealClearInvestigations, responded to the congresswoman's remarks, saying abortion stems from the progressive eugenics movement, which pertained to white supremacy.
"In actual fact, abortion has its roots in the progressive eugenics movement of the early 20th century -- and *that* was all about white supremacy," Hemingway tweeted.
In actual fact, abortion has its roots in the progressive eugenics movement of the early 20th century -- and *that* was all about white supremacy. https://t.co/KM78K3EE7m— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) September 30, 2021
Townhall's Guy Benson tweeted:
"Woke bingo — ending human lives for 'equity' edition."
"Everybody understand this is all insanity. It's insanity," tweeted Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney.