BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The court decided on Tuesday that the law banning race- and gender- based abortions will remain in place.
The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and NAPAWF (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum) had filed a lawsuit against Arizona’s law that limits bans abortion based on sex and race. They claimed that this law is deeply offensive to Asian and African-American women and that by trying to combat discrimination, it is itself discriminatory.
The law stigmatizes women of color and presupposes that they cannot be trusted to make choices regarding their babies, said Miriam Yeung, executive director at the NAPAWF.
Arizona is the first state to pass such a law, but so far there is no proof that it has been applied in a discriminatory manner. In fact, since it was passed in 2011, there haven’t been any recorded cases of somebody being sentenced or of any woman being denied abortion.
The judge motivated his decision by evoking the following reasons. Firstly, there are many Chinese immigrants in the United States and it is commonly known that China has a one-child policy that has determined many women to abort female babies.
A second reason is that the abortion industry targets minorities based on studies which show that many Asian women decide to have abortions if they know they are going to have a girl.
They also mentioned that there are many people from these countries who are moving to the United States and that they should take action now before this becomes a serious problem.
And finally, the most important reason invoked was that the lives of all babies should be protected.
The supporters of the law also attacked the abortionists, claiming that they only want to sell as many abortions as they can, regardless of the reasons for which the pregnancies are terminated.
The abortion industry is not about offering alternatives, but about having the unrestrained ability to terminate life.
Miriam Yeung said after the hearing that the decision was not made on the merits of the case and that women of color are deeply offended by these prenatal nondiscrimination laws.
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