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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