GOP paranoia over ‘Great Replacement Theory’ at root of anti-abortion movement, FiveThirtyEight claims

The website FiveThirtyEight isn’t exactly known for the most penetrating and thoughtful analysis, but they’ve outdone themselves with a recent article titled “How the Fight to Ban Abortion is Rooted in the ‘Great Replacement Theory.'”

It’s a strange article, beginning with its picture of Patriot Front activists, which is sure to give the site’s liberal readership a series of protracted and possibly dangerous heart palpitations. But it gets even more convoluted the further one gets into the meat of the “argument,” such as it is.

“It may not be immediately obvious,” the article begins, “how the fight over abortion rights is tied to the ‘great replacement’ theory—the debunked conspiracy theory promoted by some Republican politicians who claim that Democrats support more immigration to ‘replace’ white American voters.” The article provides no evidence as to how this “conspiracy theory” has been “debunked;” apparently the simple act of claiming that a thing is debunked is enough to make it so.

“The movement to end legal abortion has a long, racist history,” the article continues in one of the most flagrant instances of unabashed historical revisionism on record, “and like the great replacement theory, it has roots in a similar fear that white people are going to be outnumbered by people believed to hold a lower standing in society. Those anxieties used to be centered primarily around various groups of European immigrants and newly emancipated slaves, but now they’re focused on non-white Americans who, as a group, are on track to numerically outpace non-Hispanic white Americans by 2045, according to U.S. Census projections.”

If that were true, however, then it would make much more sense to support abortion—as “women of color” are by far the demographic that has the most abortions, whereas white women have the lowest abortion rate.

“It’s been decades since the anti-abortion movement first gained traction—and the movement has changed in certain ways—but this fundamental fear has never left…That’s because the anti-abortion movement, at its core, has always been about upholding white supremacy.”

Again, considering the actual abortion statistics, it’s a very curious way to go about “upholding white supremacy.” Even leftists are having trouble reconciling the blatant racism of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, and have resorted to excusing her as a “product of her time,” a courtesy they fail to extend to truly great figures from the country’s history.

As for FiveThirtyEight’s weak attempt to denounce anti-abortion activists as racists, it received the response on Twitter that it deserved:

The folks at FiveThirtyEight should just stick to sports blogging.


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