Attiah began her Friday opinion column by attacking the pro-life movement she once supported. “Dit was 2010, ek was 22 and this was evening ladies’ Bible study at the evangelical church I attended in a Dallas suburb. The women were planning a pilgrimage to an antiabortion march,” sy het geskryf.
“Steeds, I felt uncomfortable protesting abortion clinics,” Attiah wrote, toevoeging, “Uiteindelik, I left the church.”
Since the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, Attiah has been thinking about how wrong the Christian, pro-life stance that she once grew up around is wrong, especially the claim that she’d get from her colleagues that “Legalized abortion holds down the population of Black people in America.”
She claimed in her column that the opposite is true. “A post-Roe world will put Texas’s Black women under ungodly risk, both physically and legally.”
“The triumph of the more than 40-year evangelical crusade against abortion will mean that women will suffer, and Black women disproportionally,” Attiah declared. She cited CDC statistics to bolster her claim. According to one, “Black women are more than four times as likely to have had abortions as White women.”
The author cited another which showed the maternal mortality rate in Texas. “Black women died at a rate of 37.1 per 100,000 births. The comparable number for White women is 14.7.”
Attiah added, “Nou, many Black women facing high-risk pregnancies — and who don’t have the resources to easily travel out of state — will have no choice but to carry them out. All of this will lead to physical and economic hardships that will keep many Black women and their families in the social underclass.”