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WATCH: Stacey Abrams Destroys Right-Wing Talking Point Linking Abortion & Black Lives

WATCH: Stacey Abrams Destroys Right-Wing Talking Point Linking Abortion & Black Lives

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade and destruction of a reproductive right that has protected people with uteruses for half a century, certain right-wing talking points that have always been a part of this political debate have become particularly prolific. One of the more popular tropes links abortion to race, and the religious right uses this particular argument to project, insisting that Democrats supporting the right to access an abortion are really just being racist.

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Stacey Abrams (D-GA) spoke out on Fox News on Sunday to explain why these claims fail in the real world, and what access to reproductive care, including abortion care, really means for Black women.

“I think that’s a very specious argument that’s used to cloak what is, I think, a deeply disturbing approach to this conversation. In fact, during my tenure in the legislature, I beat back a bill that was designed to deny access to this medical decision using race as a divisive tactic. And I reject that. Black women in Georgia face the highest maternal mortality rates. They’re three times more likely to die. We know that Black women are the most likely to be underserved by their medical care, and we know that sometimes the choice that they need to make medically, economically, and personally is to have an abortion. If Lieutenant Governor Sears and others want to address the racial dimensions, we have to address all of the racial dimensions. The likelihood of Black women being underpaid, the likelihood of Black women living in broken public health infrastructures, the likelihood of them not having access to Medicaid and not having access to insurance, which tends to lead to worse pregnancies and worse outcomes.”

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