By Mary Szoch
Wednesday, the New York Times published an article pointing out that the word “women” is conspicuously missing — “vanishing” from the abortion debate. Author Michael Powell referenced a recent ACLU tweet that read, “Abortion bans disproportionately harm: Black, Indigenous & other people of color; the LGBTQ community; immigrants; young people; those working to make ends meet; people with disabilities. Protecting abortion access is an urgent matter of racial and economic justice.”
This tweet, Powell contended, left out a relevant demographic: women.
It should be noted that the ACLU’s entire tweet lacks any basis in reality, as abortion disproportionately kills unborn people of color, very young people, those living in poverty, and those with disabilities.
Given the tweet’s faulty reasoning, pro-lifers can assume that the ACLU did not leave women off the list because they recognize protections for the unborn do not in fact “disproportionately harm” women. No, the omission of the word “women” was deliberately intended to deny truth in an appeal to the far-Left.
In recent years, Americans have seen the elimination of women gain major traction from pro-abortionists. In their guide “Talking about Abortion,” Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi advises, “Use gender neutral and inclusive language because trans and non-binary people also experience pregnancy and need abortion care. Try replacing “women/she/her” with “people,” “pregnant person,” or “they/them/their/theirs.”
In his 2022 budget proposal, President Biden replaced “mothers” with “birthing people.” And perhaps most famously, while speaking to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo.) inadvertently provided a powerful pro-life testimony, and then, proceeded to refer to moms as “birthing people.”