NBC op-ed shamelessly smears pro-life movement by linking it to white nationalism

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NBC News ran an op-ed by abortion advocates who spuriously attempted to link the pro-life movement and the March for Life to white nationalism, claiming they are willing to overlook racist agendas in order to form a united front against abortion.

The piece ran on Monday and was authored by pro-choice advocates Renee Bracey Sherman and Lizz Winstead who pointed to the Patriot Front crashing the March for Life event last week as proof that the movement supports white supremacists. They called it a “dog whistle … coming from inside the house” and alleged that the incident proves pro-life advocates are “ignoring racism.”

“On Friday, anti-abortion organizers once again held the March for Life, an annual gathering on the National Mall featuring anti-abortion rights leaders and schoolchildren bused in from across the country,” Sherman and Winstead noted. “The speakers appropriated social justice language, claiming that the anti-abortion rights movement is one of love, ‘equality in the womb’ and ‘pro-life is pro-woman’ and that the ‘real racists’ are those of us who stand against state-sanctioned violence and coercion and believe everyone should be able to decide whether, when and how to grow their families.”

“That’s the version of the rally they want you to see. What was happening offstage was far more insidious, even as it was historically predictable,” they falsely accused.

The leftist authors pointed to videos that circulated on social media that ostensibly showed “white supremacists” at the rally. They pointedly referred to Patriot Front, who they described as “an extremist outfit that believes the white population is being replaced and needs to get its birthrates up.” They also asserted that attendees were shown “thanking” members of the group.

The writers claimed there were other white nationalist groups there tied to Jan. 6 as well.

“And Patriot Front wasn’t the only white nationalist group in attendance; the Groypers, a white nationalist group led by Nick Fuentes, who is being investigated over the role he is alleged to have played in the Jan. 6 insurrection, also attended, donning crucifixes and ‘America First’ flags,” they charged.

“After the videos circulated, the national March for Life organization issued a statement disavowing Patriot Front’s attendance, reiterating its stance for ‘equality in the womb,’ they wrote. “However, that condemnation falls flat considering members of Patriot Front have been attending the March for Life since 2017 and made a well-publicized appearance at March for Life’s Chicago event this month.”

Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, made it clear that Patriot Front and similar groups are not welcome at the organization’s events.

“We condemn any organization that seeks to exclude a person or group of people based on the color of their skin or any other characteristic. Such exclusion runs counter to our mission which recognizes that all human lives are equal from the moment of conception: equality begins in the womb,” she said in a statement to Newsweek.

“Let’s be real,” Sherman and Winstead continued their attack.

“Patriot Front and other white nationalist groups don’t crash the March for Life’s party. They show up because the March for Life’s message resonates with them. And it’s clear that plenty of the March for Life’s attendees are at least open to listening to these white nationalist groups’ ideas,” the leftists proclaimed.

Sherman and Winstead went on to posit that trying to eradicate abortion was historically tied to “increasing anxiety” among white nationalists and that those were attempts to suppress the political power of black people, as well as other minorities, and “forcibly increase white births.”

The writers went on to claim that the goal of many whites in the mid-19th century was to outpace black population growth and maintain dominance over indigenous communities and immigrants.

“Conservatives jumped on the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, knowing it would make a powerful rallying cry. And it has. Along the way, anti-abortion rights advocates have been all too happy to stand next to, and even court, unsavory allies,” Sherman and Winstead ridiculously alleged.

(Video Credit: Global News)

“As two women who’ve had abortions, we’ve always known the threats of the anti-abortion rights movement were real, even as many ignored the evidence. And we’ve watched as they misuse Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes in memes to promote themselves as saviors for black babies online while palling around with white nationalists offline,” they stated.

“In contrast, white nationalists are using abortion as a gateway recruiter for mainstream Christians, who may be open to overlooking the organizations’ racist agenda in favor of anti-abortion rights solidarity. But the truth is: Ignoring racism is racism. And that makes March for Life’s statements denouncing racism and condemning Patriot Front as hollow as chocolate Easter bunnies. Groups like Patriot Front aren’t hiding their goals or what they’re willing to do to achieve them. Anti-abortion rights groups are trying to have it both ways — but they’re not fooling anyone,” the writers concluded.

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