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New flare-ups over the racial demographics of abortion

1 year 8 months 1 day ago Wednesday, January 20 2016 Jan 20, 2016 January 20, 2016 2:12 PM January 20, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: David Crary

NEW YORK - Two volatile topics, abortion and race, have intersected in recent flare-ups related to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women.

In Congress, Rep. Sean Duffy, a white Republican from Wisconsin, lambasted black members of Congress for failing to decry these high abortion numbers. The next day, Rep. Gwen Moore, a black Democrat from Milwaukee, fired back - accusing Duffy and his GOP colleagues of caring about black children only before they are born.

In Missouri, a white GOP state legislator introduced a "personhood" bill that would effectively outlaw all abortions, and titled it the All Lives Matter Act. Abortion-rights activists were indignant, saying the title co-opted the Black Lives Matter slogan that has been used to convey concern about the deaths of unarmed blacks in encounters with police.

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