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Professor Accuses GOP of 'White Supremacy' in Abortion Vote

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 05:33 PM

By Greg Richter

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A college professor appearing on MSNBC accused Republicans of wanting to advance "white supremacy" for a vote to restrict late-term abortions.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Tuesday to ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It was seen as a symbolic vote since it is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate or be signed by President Barack Obama.

But discussing the vote on MSNBC recently, University of Pennsylvania professor Salamisha Tillet went a step further, suggesting racism motivates abortion opponents.

The white majority in America has been decreasing, Tillet noted, resulting in "a moral panic, a fear of the end of whiteness."

She said Republican opposition to abortion is a response to that, and that "women's bodies, white women's bodies in particular, are a crucial way of reproducing whiteness, white supremacy, white privilege."

Kristen Powers, appearing on Fox News, said Tillet's argument made no sense, considering black women get 40 percent of the abortions in the United States despite the black population being only 13 percent.

"If you were a white supremacist you would actually support abortion," Powers said.

She pointed out left-wing criticism of a pro-life group's ad put up in Times Square that said abortion killed black babies.

Powers said it feels that if you are pro-life you are unfairly labeled as being racist.

"Why can't they just accept there are actually some people who think you shouldn't be aborting a baby after 22 weeks?"

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