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FiveThirtyEight says the fight to ban abortion is rooted in the great replacement theory

We knew not to take FiveThirtyEight seriously when we read the text of the tweet … then we clicked on it and found they’d used a photo of the “Patriot Front” in their blue shirts and khakis to bolster the argument because those guys really represent conservative America. We’re not sure why FiveThirtyEight decided to wade into this pool, but it took two writers, Alex Samuels and Monica Potts, to put this piece together. Apparently, bans on abortion will only apply to white women.

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They write:

It may not be immediately obvious how the fight over abortion rights is tied to the “great replacement” theory — the debunked conspiracy theory promoted by some Republican politicians who claim that Democrats support more immigration to “replace” white American voters. But the explanation for, say, an alleged gaffe that overturning the constitutional right to an abortion is a “historic victory of white life” or a concern that not enough white babies are being born in the U.S. can be found in the history of the anti-abortion movement.

The movement to end legal abortion has a long, racist history, and like the great replacement theory, it has roots in a similar fear that white people are going to be outnumbered by people believed to hold a lower standing in society. Those anxieties used to be centered primarily around various groups of European immigrants and newly emancipated slaves, but now they’re focused on non-white Americans who, as a group, are on track to numerically outpace non-Hispanic white Americans by 2045, according to U.S. Census projections.

Declining white birth rates, along with the rising eugenics movement — a now-discredited pseudoscience focused on the genetic fitness of white Americans — were connected to the practice of abortion, and this helped bolster flawed, racist arguments for a total ban of the procedure. “The physicians trying to pass these anti-abortion laws were concerned about how abortion was a ‘danger’ to our society and the ways we want our country to be,” said Shannon Withycombe, a professor of history at the University of New Mexico who studies 19th-century women’s health.

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Hold up … as things stand, non-white Americans are on track to numerically outpace non-Hispanic white Americans by 2045. So non-white Americans aren’t the ones getting abortions, right? And eugenics, the “now-discredited pseudoscience”? Hello … has anyone at FiveThirtyEight read anything about Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood? Eugenics was kind of her thing. Planned Parenthood is still handing out Sanger Awards to women like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

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“Throughout colonial America and into the 19th century, abortions were fairly common,” they write. It was only when those dirty Irish started showing up that bans on abortion became popular. Right.


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