A House Criminal Justice Subcommittee meeting in Florida became appallingly racist as lawmakers debated HB 856, a bill that would ban all abortions except in cases of health risks for expecting mothers.
An anti-abortion activist stepped in and made comments that slowly escalated in terms of both ridiculousness and offensiveness.
Greg Paul began by claiming “white people” did not “live on an Island,” and that “the Mexicans” would continue to produce children because they do not believe in abortions. He also cited that, “the Muslims, they don’t kill babies.”
He asked the subcommittee whether “You don’t see us as a culture, as a white culture, pushing this agenda of abortion, women outside the home not having babies, everybody getting more and more and more?”
He then called America “so fat and so sick…a sick nation.”
Paul proceeded to attack Planned Parenthood, telling lawmakers to go on YouTube and see how “cold-hearted these people are. How cold-hearted they are in laughing about the money they’re making selling baby body parts.”
These absurd claims about Planned Parenthood have been thoroughly discredited. Just yesterday, a grand jury in Houston indicted two anti-abortion activists who went undercover to film the organization and made allegations concerning the sale of fetal tissue.
Paul’s talk of race and “breeding of…children” and “destroying our families…destroying us as a nation” reeks of belief in white supremacy. He’s also undoubtedly sexist—complaining that “women [are] outside the home not having babies” implies that their fundamental function should be within home, having children, and continuing “white culture.”
Unfortunately, the subcommittee passed the anti-abortion bill by a vote of 8-3. As Raw Story reports, “If the bill becomes law, anyone performing abortions or operating an abortion clinic could be punished with up to 30 years in prison.”
The battle for basic women’s rights involving their bodies continues to plague America.
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