Latinos Fall Prey to the Danger-Womb Epidemic!

By Guest Contributor Akiba Solomon, cross-posted from Colorlines

Remember that racist anti-choice billboard in New York City that pimped misused a stock photo of a 6-year-old black girl, Anissa Fraizer, to sell the slogan, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb”?

Well, according to similar billboards sponsored by the Latino Partnership of Conservative Principles (LPCP), Latina wombs are lethal, too!

Using pictures of really cute babies and the slogan, “The Most Dangerous Place for a Latino is the Womb,” the boards popping up in Los Angeles advertise a Spanish-language medical distortion site, Unidos Por La Vida. An eponymous anti-choice confab is slated for Sunday at the L.A. Arena.

Update: According to Campus Progress, The LPCP’s Los Angeles event on June 12 drew 5,000 attendees, and speakers included Texas Governor Rick Perry, possibly looking to boost his profile among Latino voters.

- Arturo

I’m not going to re-debunk (is that a word?) the billboards. They’re silly, racist, cynical and misleading. Go here and here for why.

I’m more interested in how LPCP — which appears to consist of a couple of brown folks fronting for the ridiculously homophobic American Principles Project—has been sangin’ in the chorus of anti-choice Christians trying to gut Planned Parenthood.

In a March 4 discussion on NPR’s “Latino USA,” executive director Alfonso Aguilar made the familiar claim that the health care provider uses federal dollars to perform abortions, which would be illegal under the Hyde Amendment.

“The truth is that the Latino community — Latina women — are under attack. Twenty two percent of abortions in the United States are performed on Latina women. Latina women are 2.7 percent more likely to have an abortion than non-Hispanic white women. And clearly these organizations go to our communities to promote abortion. Most of the federal funding that Planned Parenthood receives, whatever they say, the truth is that it goes to abortion.”

Aguilar also claimed that the organization’s non-abortion services aren’t compatible with Latino values:

“The Latino community is a socially conservative community. … There are sex education programs where [Planned Parenthood] is promoting a specific idea about sex that goes against the very values of the Latino community. They promote, for example, values exploration programs in K through 12. So you’re going to kids, perhaps kids that come from Catholic backgrounds and Planned Parenthood is going directly to them and asking them to question their core beliefs.”

Silvia Henriquez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, valiantly attempted to inject research into the discussion:

“We know from polling and also from personal experience and our work on the ground for the past 15 years that while some Latinos are Catholic, they welcome conversations about safe sex and want to be able to be open with their familes and want to be able to engage in these conversations. They do in fact rely on medically accurate sex education and want their children to have the same type of information. Women are the pillars of their families and their households and women want to [have access] to the full range of reproductive health care services.”

But given LPCP’s sponsorship of the sensationalist billboards, they have not been moved. Because this ain’t about facts. It’s about sexist ideology. Latinas are just the pawn-du-jour.

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  • Amiyd

    Are private doctors required to keep statistics on the abortions they perform on the more fortunate?

  • LindseyRomo4

    “I’m more interested in how LPCP — which appears to consist of a couple of brown folks fronting for the ridiculously homophobic American Principles Project…”

    I’m not sure how you make the jump, logically speaking, that “a couple of brown folks” = automatic front for someone else (presumably more white and more empowered).

    I did indeed check out all the links in this blog post today, on all sides involved, and (as a Latina, who follows news in my culture voraciously) instantly recognized all of the people tied to LPCP as actors and actresses and fairly well known names who have been quite publicly outspoken on the topic of abortion for five to eight years. That’s if their hundreds of hours of pop culture TV and magazine and news and celebrity appearances in Spanish throughout Latin America and the US count for anything, anyway.

    So I’m not sure why someone would make the leap from “brown people” in an organization to “it HAS to be a front for other people” unless they’re trying to say that us brown people aren’t smart enough or organized enough to do things on our own without having our hands held by wiser, whiter people.

    Or that if we make a decision one way or another on a topic as decisive as abortion, unless we’re on the “right” side, whatever someone else terms that to be, then we’re obviously being lead astray by more cunning white people.

    Somehow, THAT assumption that brown folks = poor wittle uneducated lambs easily manipulated by our white overlords just by virtue of being brown annoys me. Especially since anyone with any actual knowledge of Latin culture would go “huh?” at calling actress Karyme Lozano brown, which is a whole other topic of debate…

  • miga

    I like it.  I think this will be my new nickname as both a latina and african american, who obviously has abortions foisted on me that are simultaneously my fault.  

    Look out, it’s miga the “Danger-womb”!

    Then it can be assured that any kid that survives the napalm I use every day before I have promiscuous sex will be thuggish and/or stubborn, meaning it can fend for itself and there’ll be no need for post-natal assistance of any kind!  

    • Anonymous

      See, this is why we need to make teeshirts.

    • Ladyguerita

      Or underwear that reads “Danger Zone”. :)

  • Ladyguerita

    As a Pro choice Latina, I am sickened by the  Pro choice movement.(O.k as a human being who believes that women should have a right over their bodies I’m sicken by the pro choice movement). It shouldn’t be surprising to know that man who support the anti choice are  the same people saying “OMG BROWN PEOPLE ARE HAVING TOO MANY BABIES!!!!!!” 

    • Vbnativelands

       And I am sick of those who attack the pro-Choice movement whilst blithely claiming they are “pro-choice.”  But you meant “Pro-Life” correct?

  • lizzie (greeneyedfem)

    “The truth is that the Latino community — Latina women — are under
    attack. Twenty two percent of abortions in the United States are
    performed on Latina women.”

    Wow, way to obscure Latina women’s agency in getting those abortions. It’s not like women who get abortions seek them out or anything. No, no, doctors are just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting Latinas and perform abortions on them.