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Pitts: The hypocrisy of anti-abortion activists

Pitts: The hypocrisy of anti-abortion activists

Recently, a man tried to convince me that he believes black lives matter.

This is a kind of rhetorical judo some anti-abortion activists have adopted in debating pro-choice African Americans. They argue that black women have abortions at higher rates than others and that this amounts to a "genocide" or a "holocaust" — yes, they often use those words — that black people are morally bound to resist. Because black lives matter.

As I told the guy who tried that argument with me last week on Twitter, that's disingenuous: "If you are as concerned for black life as you purport, may I assume you have been equally exercised over, say, ongoing police violence...