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The Connecticut Representative Who Isn’t Letting Her Party Tell Her How to Vote About Abortion

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Caroline Wharton - 22 Apr 2022
The Connecticut Representative Who Isn’t Letting Her Party Tell Her How to Vote About Abortion

In a country often split down the middle by partisan issues, a new voice for the pro-life movement has emerged and shown that the issue of abortion need not be either red nor blue—but this political figure is speaking out against how this human rights injustice disproportionately affects the Black community. Before the Connecticut House of Representatives passed a pro-abortion bill recently, young, Black Democrat Representative Trenee McGee spoke up in opposition and gave a fiery roast of Planned Parenthood in her statement. Let’s discuss what she had to say and why it matters:  

On Tuesday, April 19th, Democrat Rep. Trenee McGee, who serves the 116th District of Connecticut, spoke openly during a debate on House Bill 5414 against the abortion industry and its racist tendency to target and victimize the black community and their preborn children. Watch her testimony below:

Rep. McGee stated, “In my journey and quest for racial justice when it comes to reproductive rights, it began in a classroom with black girls who knew about abortion when they were seven years old. They were taught in their classrooms…about abortion as a birth control method. They were taught that at any point in time, when they were 13 or 12 or 15, they could go to a Planned Parenthood and receive an abortion without their parents knowing.” 

She continued by contrasting how the abortion industry doesn’t push itself on white women in nearly the same way by saying, “This differed when I traveled…into the suburbs…where there were young white girls who had access to all sorts of preventative methods, as well as even organizations that helped them to transition their births to their adoptive parents.”  

In order to further prove the racial bias of the abortion industry, Rep. McGee gave statistics on how abortion affects Black women, saying: “The majority of abortion clinics are located in the Black community—social and economically depressed Black and brown communities…I want to speak to the history of this industry and why I think its destructive to my community. Black women make up 14% of the child-bearing population yet obtained 36.2% of all reported abortions. Black women have the highest abortion ratio in the country—474 abortions per 1,000 live births.”  

Students for Life of America (SFLA) has been similarly outspoken about the abortion industry’s predatory practices on the Black community. SFLA President Kristan Hawkins recently co-wrote an op-ed with pro-life activist Patrina Mosley that was published at The Washington Times and entitled, “Abortion is the Number One Killer of African Americans.”

Democrat Rep. Trenee McGee Speaks Out Against Abortion

In the op-ed, the authors highlighted the same statistics that Rep. McGee pointed out and wrote, “It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger was a feminist and eugenicist. Sanger, who allied herself with white feminist racists, demonstrated how specific targeting of birth-control methods would help to “exterminate the Negro population.” Abortion is the number one killer of African Americans, more lives than heart disease, cancer, violent crimes or accidents.  Coincidence? Planned Parenthood and pro-abortionists would have you think so today.”  

In fact, the abortion lobby actually pushes the nonsensical idea that it is the pro-life movement that is racist for saying that Black Preborn Lives Matter. In what universe does that logic make sense? It sure doesn’t in ours because the pro-life movement is seeking to save the lives of all babies, regardless of their color, circumstances of conception, etc.  

Democrat Rep. Trenee McGee Speaks Out Against Abortion

We applaud Rep. McGee for publicly standing up for life and denouncing the abortion industry despite the fact that her beliefs are in the minority within her party. She serves as an excellent example of the diversity of the pro-life movement as our movement is not united by one party, one religion, one sex, or one race. Instead, we are all unified by one belief that life is sacred and should be protected—from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.  

Hats off to you, Rep. McGee; keep breaking barriers and speaking up for life! To read more about HB 5414, click HERE.  

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